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How Will Your Estate be Administered in Court?

The “probate” process, as it is often referred to, involves judicial officials, such as the Surrogate’s Court judges, appointing a fiduciary upon proper application to administer a decedent's estate. While state Surrogate Court laws may vary, the general process is quite…

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Will a Creditor Disrupt Your Probate Process?

When a testamentary dies, a personal representative (executor) makes a public record of the date of death, which may even be published in a local newspaper. In part, this information serves as notice to creditors if the decedent has an outstanding…

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Why Do You Need an Elder Law Attorney?

An elder law attorney can help you plan for the future, whether you have an older adult loved one or are concerned about your own financial health and well-being. Elder law is a highly specialized area of law focusing on…

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Do You Know How to Protect your Child’s Inheritance?

To keep assets from disappearing or being claimed by a creditor, your estate plan should include measures that protect the future inheritance of your children and grandchildren.  A simple way to achieve inheritance protection is through a trust. A trust…

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Understanding Why You Might Need Probate

Although probate sounds expensive and complex, it is a standard legal procedure which formalizes how some assets pass from decedents to the heirs or beneficiaries of their choice. Whether or not you require probate depends on the type of property…

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What Is Probate and How To Avoid It

While a variety of family circumstances can increase the risk of intra-family litigation, there are two main reasons. The first is when families disagree with how to handle a mentally incapacitated family member. The other is when, after death, disagreements…

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Contesting a Will

When a loved one dies with a will, their will lays out who shall receive their property, and which person (called the Executor) will be in charge of settling the estate. For many reasons, beneficiaries can feel slighted by what…

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