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What is the Probate Process?

Probate is the legal process for authenticating a deceased person's will, reviewing their assets, paying their outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing what remains to their inheritors / estate beneficiaries. After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint a valid…

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Being a “Fiduciary”

You may be asked to be power of attorney for a family member or friend. Your person may be planning for when they might become unable to take care of their affairs. For example, they might become disabled or incapacitated,…

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5 Things to Include in an Estate Plan

An estate is all the property owned both individually and jointly, including bank accounts, real estate, jewelry, etc., including any liabilities, or simply debts, owed on that property. Lack of an estate plan may mean a great difficulty to carry…

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Letter of Instruction for Your Estate Plan

  Whether you are starting from scratch or have an estate plan in place a letter of instruction (LOI) is an important part of any comprehensive plan. A letter of instruction can help your loved ones manage important information about…

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Leaving Property to Children in a Will

I read that when making a will, I could leave my property to my children “per stripes.” Why is the law talking about us like we’re some kind of zebra? The phrase is Latin and it is “per stirpes,” not…

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Elder Law Attorneys Benefit Seniors and Their Families

An elder law attorney specializes as a legal advocate for aging adults and their loved ones. Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person. Issues related to guardianship, retirement, health care, including advance…

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Who Should Make Financial Decisions for You?

Who should you trust to manage your financial well being when you are no longer able to do so? A power of attorney (POA), otherwise known as an agent to your principal, or “attorney-in-fact,” has the legal authority to represent…

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