Who Has to Testify at a Probate Hearing?

January 21, 2020

Being involved in a court case can be stressful for people who are not used to the process.  The uncertainty, the financial strain, and the highly technical nature of litigation can all contribute to making laypeople feel uncomfortable in the courtroom.  Probate cases are no exception to this, especially as the people involved in the […]

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Protecting your Estate in Divorce

January 16, 2020

During your lifetime, you and your spouse have worked hard to build your wealth, plan your future, and create a solid estate plan.  However, nothing in life is ever definite and many things change.  This is why it is important to keep your estate plan updated as often as possible.  One thing that can severely […]

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Why Allowing Your Estate to Be Distributed Under Intestacy is a Bad Idea

January 14, 2020

Planning for the future is an essential step to assuring your own stability and security.  This is clearly true for while you are alive, but estate planning is also essential to ensuring the stability and security for your family and loved ones after you die.  One of the most straightforward and well-known of the estate […]

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When Are Estate Assets Distributed?

December 13, 2019

At the end of your family member or loved one’s life, you are likely focused on the grieving process and properly and respectfully marking their passing.  There are also practical matters that must be attended to, not least of which is probate.  If you are anticipating receiving an inheritance after your friend or family members’ […]

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Gifts, Loans, and Estate Planning Pitfalls

December 6, 2019

It is a wonderful thing to be able to use the assets you worked hard for your entire life to improve the situation of your family members or loved ones.  It is not uncommon for family members to give each other gifts or make loans when a loved one needs a boost or helping hand.  […]

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Should My Family Pay My Bills When I Die?

December 5, 2019

After you pass away, your loved ones and family members will need to deal with their grief and emotions.  Unfortunately, they will also need to handle important administrative and legal matters.  In the vast majority of cases, a person leaves behind more than just real estate and personal keepsakes after he or she dies; there […]

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When a Will Is Not Enough

December 3, 2019

Almost everyone is familiar with the fact that a last will and testament is an essential part of ensuring your family’s future will be secure even after you pass away.  Wills can be very simple documents and boilerplate forms are widely available on the internet, although these skeletal forms do not take your individual circumstances […]

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How Much Does Probate Cost?

November 26, 2019

Most people spend most of their lives doing their best to avoid having to get involved in any court case.  Unfortunately, there are some situations that require court intervention.  Probate is often one of these.  It is not unusual to hear about friends and family members getting tangled up in long probate cases, and there […]

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Probate and Jurisdiction

November 11, 2019

Legal cases and rules can seem complicated and inscrutable to lay people.  There are many complicated procedural requirements that may seem tangled together and impossible to unravel.  Despite what may seem like a complex maze of rules, there are several fundamental issues for civil litigation that are universal, not difficult to understand, and essential for […]

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Who Gets Notice of a Probate Case?

November 8, 2019

Civil law suits have a variety of administrative and procedural requirements.  Failure to adhere to these requirements can result in a favorable judgment being overturned and the whole case having to start over.  Probate is no exception to this.  There are important steps that must be taken and rules that must be followed or the […]

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