Can a Personal Representative Refuse to Distribute According to the Will

May 2, 2019

The time immediately following the death of your family member or loved one is a time that is fraught with emotion.  You will be going through an emotional time and will need to grieve, which can take many forms and take a long time.  The grieving process can be further complicated by having to participate […]

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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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Does My Life Insurance Get Included in My Will or Estate?

February 26, 2019

Drafting and executing a valid last will and testament is a critical step to make sure that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.  If you have young children or want your assets distributed to persons or entities other than your immediate family, it is even more important to have an up to […]

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Why Do I Need an Estate Planning Lawyer for a Simple Will?

February 21, 2019

There are many ways to start to plan for the future.  You may create a list of financial goals, talk to your family about who you want to care for your children in the event of your death, and even start to think about the types of investments you should be making to grow your […]

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How Much Should I Include My Heirs During the Estate Planning Process?

February 4, 2019

Building a future for your family and loved ones is a strong motivating force behind creating an estate plan.  Estate planning allows you to direct how your assets will be distributed after you pass away, whether that is to a family member, a trusted friend, or even a favorite charity.  Without an estate plan, your […]

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Do I Have to Probate This Will?

November 6, 2018

Drafting a last will and testament as part of your estate plan is an important step in looking forward and arranging your affairs.  A well-drafted and enforceable will allows you to make particular dispositions of your assets to your friends, family, favorite charitable institutions, or even pets.  Probate allows for the orderly payment of valid […]

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Naming Charities in Your Will and Estate Plan

November 1, 2018

Building wealth and assets takes hard work and often times particular financial strategy.  Estate planning is no different, and with the wrong estate plan, you could end up wasting some of your hard-earned wealth.  In many cases, estate plans focus on leaving assets to family members and close friends upon the death of the testator […]

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Tips for Drafting a Successful Will

August 2, 2018

Planning a secure and stable future has many essential steps.  These steps include actions such as selecting the right life partner, making wise financial decisions, and constructing an enforceable and practical estate plan.  Part of your estate plan will almost certainly be a Last Will and Testament.  This document instructs the court how you want your estate handled […]

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I’ve Been Named As A Personal Representative in a Will. Now What?

May 17, 2018

Before a friend or loved one passes away, he or she may notify you that you have been named as the personal representative of his or her estate.  Being named as a personal representative means that your friend or family member trusts you to honorably and truthfully carry out his or her wishes after death.  […]

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Choosing the Right Guardian For Your Children

February 1, 2018

It is commonly understood that creating a carefully thought out estate plan is of significant importance for the future of your loved ones after you pass on.  One of the most important decisions for you to make is the person you want to act as your child’s guardian after you pass away.  If you pass […]

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