Estate Law

  • Estate Planning Checklist

    When estate planning, a good checklist can help you get the most for your loved ones. Try an estate planning checklist from an estate planning and probate lawyer in this… Read More

  • Whom to Notify When Someone Dies

    A death in the family means notifying friends and loved ones, but it also means notifying authorities who issue death certificates or pronounce deaths. Learn whom to notify when someone… Read More

  • What Is Trust Fraud?

    Trust fraud can be an executor not telling heirs about their rights or hiding information, but other trust fraud, like misusing money, is possible. Learn about trust fraud from an… Read More

  • Do Creditors Get Paid When Someone Dies?

    When someone dies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) takes its cut of the money first, followed by funeral expenses, then creditors and finally heirs. Learn about handling creditors and debt… Read More

  • What Does it Mean if a Bank Account Says POD?

    A bank account that says POD, or payable on delivery, means that the money will automatically transfer to another in the case of death. Learn what POD means from an… Read More

  • What Happens if an IRA or 401k is Payable to the Estate Trust?

    Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and 401Ks should almost never be paid to an estate or trust because of how the IRS will tax the beneficiaries. Find out what to do… Read More

  • What Is an Executor's Deed?

    An executor's deed is a deed to property written out by the executor of a will, either for selling a house or distributing it to heirs. Learn about an executor's… Read More

  • Must an Executor Notify a Beneficiary?

    In some states, according to estate law, executors do not have to notify beneficiaries of wills. Find out when an executor must notify a beneficiary from an estate planning and… Read More

  • What Is the Role of an Executor?

    An executor is named in a will or chosen by the courts to distribute assets for the deceased. Learn what the role of an executor is from an estate planning… Read More

  • Guide for Estate Executors

    Executors of wills have legal liabilities and fiduciary duties that make responsibility a key asset. Try this guide for estate executors from an estate planning and probate lawyer in this… Read More

  • What Is Executor Compensation?

    Executor compensation is how an executor of a will is paid, whether a set amount or a percent of the estate. Learn about forms of executor compensation from an estate… Read More

  • Can a Trustee or Executor be Replaced?

    A trustee can be replaced only according to rules within the trust or will, and executors are often chosen by the court. Learn when a trustee or executor can be… Read More

  • How Do I Contest a Will?

    Contesting a will can be dangerous and may exclude the contester completely if the challenge fails. Learn whether contesting a will is worthwhile from an estate planning and probate lawyer… Read More

  • The Probate Inventory

    Probate inventory is a list of assets made and delivered to the probate court which then becomes public record. Learn about probate inventories from an estate planning and probate lawyer… Read More

  • Have You Been Named a Beneficiary in a Trust?

    Beneficiaries of trusts, less so than of wills, are not always legally required to be notified. Learn what to do if you have been named the beneficiary of a trust… Read More

  • What to Do When Someone Dies

    Depending on your role there are many responsibilities when someone close to you dies. Be prepared when someone passes away with tips from an estate planning and probate lawyer in… Read More

  • Have You Been Named in the Will?

    If you are a beneficiary in a will, you will most likely receive notice after the will is entered in probate court. Learn what to do if you have been… Read More

  • A Checklist for When Death Occurs

    Having a plan, like a checklist, for when death occurs can save money and headaches. Follow this checklist when death occurs from an estate planning and probate lawyer in this… Read More

  • Tenants in Common

    Tenants in common are those who own property or shares in property together; and each can leave his or her portion to anyone else if deceased. Learn what tenants in… Read More

  • The Probate Process Explained

    The probate process can be a headache when estates are not planned well. Uncover the probate process with an estate planning and probate lawyer in this free video on estate… Read More

  • What Is a Probate?

    A major goal of estate planning is to avoid probate, when a court must remove one name from a legal deed and add another. Find out what probate is from… Read More

  • Do You Always Have to Probate a Will?

    If the deceased has assets with deeds, a will most likely will not avoid probate. Strengthen your understanding of probate court with an estate planning and probate lawyer in this… Read More

  • When Do You Have to Probate a Will?

    Probating a will takes place whenever someone dies with his or her name on an asset, like a bank account, car or house. Educate yourself on probating a will with… Read More

  • What Is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Revocable living trusts are 98 percent of living trusts; they help avoid probate and allow others to use money to take care of the trust maker. Find out what an… Read More

  • How to Set Up a Living Trust

    For estate planning, setting up a living trust can be a great idea. Learn how to set up a living trust from an estate planning and probate lawyer in this… Read More

  • How are Trusts Taxed?

    In estate law, trusts are taxed differently depending on whether they are revocable or irrevocable trusts. Learn how a trust is taxed from an estate planning and probate lawyer in… Read More

  • How to Set Up a Living Will

    When estate planning, a living will only handles 'pulling the plug' in case of incapacity or terminal illness. Learn how to set up a living will from an estate planning… Read More

  • Purpose of a Living Will

    A living will, or advance directive, gives a named person the ability to 'pull the plug' in some medical instances. Learn the purpose of a living will from an estate… Read More

  • What Does a Will Do?

    When estates are planned correctly, a will helps an individual say where his or her money goes after death. Learn what wills do from an estate planning and probate lawyer… Read More

  • Definition of a Trust

    When estate planning, think of a trust as a rulebook and a trustee as a manager under the rules. Find out what a trust is from an estate planning and… Read More

  • Difference Between Will & Living Trust

    A living trust can help beneficiaries and families avoid probate more so than a will. Find out the difference between a will and a living trust from an estate planning… Read More

  • Advantages of a Living Trust

    A living trust has many advantages in the estate planning arena, like potentially avoiding probate. Learn the advantages of a living trust from an estate planning and probate lawyer in… Read More

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