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When is Disinheriting a Child a Mistake?

Most parents choose to treat their children equally when it comes to inheriting property or money. But sometimes, parents intentionally choose to not leave anything to a child, and the reasons for doing so may vary. One reason could be…

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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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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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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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Guarding Your Child’s Inheritance

Estate planning for the future inheritance of your children and grandchildren should include protective measures to keep assets from disappearing or being claimed by a creditor.  A simple way to achieve inheritance protection is through a trust. A trust can…

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How to Steer Clear of Probate Court

Many people have been told that it is important for people to “avoid probate.” But just because people may have heard that term, doesn’t mean they know exactly what probate means, why it can be a problem or how to…

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