Removing a Personal Representative

September 2, 2019

Following the death of a family member or loved one, you will have to manage your grief and complicated emotions.  There are also procedural and property issues to deal with, and if the deceased had minor children, things can get even more complicated.  The personal representative is the person appointed during the probate case to […]

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What Does Probate Even Mean?

July 4, 2019

If you have recently lost a family member or loved one, you likely know that there are many things that need to be done soon after the death.  The funeral must be planned, relatives notified, and moving forward with the grieving process, just to name a few.  In most cases, probate will be required to […]

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When Is Probate Required?

July 3, 2019

The end of life for your family member or loved one is a difficult time.  In addition to moving forward with the funeral arrangements, notifying relatives, and managing your own grief, there are other administrative and legal issues that must be attended to.  Probate is often one of the most important issues that needs to […]

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Invalid Will Provisions

July 1, 2019

Crafting a tailor-made last will and testament is an essential component of almost every estate plan.  A well made last will and testament will provide you with the opportunity to pass on your assets to your preferred beneficiaries.  It can also be an important instrument to help provide guidance as to what you believe should […]

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Discovery In Probate Cases

June 25, 2019

Legal cases require many important steps.  These steps include filing the original petition, making sure the parties are properly served, and attending any temporary hearings, just to name a few.  One step that is included in many civil cases is discovery.  During discovery, each side can obtain information and documents from the other side using […]

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Lessons From Famous Probate Cases

June 18, 2019

America has a strong “celebrity culture.”  Easy access to information through the Internet, as well as the widespread use of social media has only increased the visibility of celebrities and the minutiae of their lives.  We can learn a lot from celebrities, whether that is how to devote energy and time to philanthropy or as […]

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Deciding Whether to Serve as Personal Representative

May 3, 2019

When your friend or loved one passes away, you may loon soon thereafter that you have been designated in his or her will to serve as the personal representative.  The personal representative (also commonly referred to as the “executor”) is the person responsible for making sure to gather the assets of the estate, notify the […]

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Self-Authenticating Wills

April 30, 2019

Creating a last will and testament is an important element of any well-crafted estate plan.  With a last will and testament, you can provide your personal representative as to how you want your assets distributed after you pass on.  Your will can also name your preferred personal representative (also known as an executor), refer to […]

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Will Contests and Burden of Proof

April 22, 2019

Planning for the future is very important.  An estate plan that is tailored to your assets and your goals is a key component of proper planning.  One essential part of the estate plan is to draft and properly execute a last will and testament.  During probate, the court will look to the will to determine […]

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Why you Need a Probate Attorney

April 19, 2019

When your family member or loved one passes away, chances are, the estate will have to pass through probate.  Probate is the process through which the estate’s assets are gathered, debts are paid, and any remaining assets will be distributed according to the provisions of the deceased’s will or, if there was no will, the […]

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