Why Is It Important to Have a Will?

January 18, 2018

Planning for the end of your life can seem morose and depressing, but it is an important step to make sure that your dependents and loved ones are well taken care of after you are gone.  Despite this fact, according to a recent survey, only 42% of adults in the United States have important estate […]

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Common Reasons to Contest a Will

January 17, 2018

People who have the foresight to draft a will are doing their best to make sure their wishes are known and carried out following their death.  In the best circumstances, this planning ahead can help the younger generations to move forward in life by using these assets to start a business, go to college, pay […]

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What Will Happen at a Probate Hearing?

January 16, 2018

The time immediately following the death of a loved one is difficult.  In addition to the normal grieving process, there are other logistical issues that need to be dealt with, including commencing the probate process.  Most people are intimidated by any court proceeding, but the initial probate hearing is a straight forward process.  Understanding what […]

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Why Do I Need a Will?

January 11, 2018

Planning for your future requires careful consideration to many aspects of your financial and emotional plans.  Structuring your retirement and investments to ensure a secure future for both you and your family is of the utmost importance.  Many estate planning documents, such as revocable trusts and health care directives, can make sure that things run […]

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Basic Requirements for a Valid Will

January 10, 2018

Drafting important legal documents is often a highly technical process with several requirements.  Drafting a valid will is no exception to this rule.  In the case of a simple will, there are not a large number of requirements for what makes a will actually valid, but those requirements are essential.  Failure to follow any of […]

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Technology and Being a Personal Representative

December 13, 2017

After you pass away, you will almost certainly leave behind an estate that must be administered, meaning that someone will have to step in and make sure your remaining debts are paid and your assets are appropriately distributed to your beneficiaries.  This person will be called a personal representative or an executor.  Although the advent […]

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Personal Representative Misconduct

December 12, 2017

After someone passes away, there will need to be another person to step in and make sure that the deceased’s estate is properly distributed.  In some cases there is a will that will specifically name this person, who is called an executor or a personal representative.  When the deceased dies intestate, meaning there is no […]

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What is Included in the Estate?

December 11, 2017

When a loved one passes away, it may be necessary to probate the estate of the deceased.  Probate is the process during which the assets that belonged to the deceased are distributed to beneficiaries.  Accordingly, the first step in this process will be to determine what is included in the estate.  This can actually be […]

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What is Probate Litigation?

December 8, 2017

The probate process is one that many people have very little familiarity with.  Unlike divorce or big law suits, probate tends to be less flashy, but it is no less important to those involved.  Probate is the process that your estate will go through after your death.  This means that all of your debts will […]

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Preparing For Your First Meeting With Your Probate Lawyer

November 30, 2017

The time immediately following the death of a loved one is always difficult for anyone touched by their death.  For the person named as the Personal Representative (sometimes called the Executor) in the deceased’s will, the process can be even more difficult, as he or she is responsible for making sure the estate is properly […]

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