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Celebrity Estate Planning Fails

Estate Planning Fails: Celebrity Edition

Even the rich and famous aren't immune to making mistakes when it comes to estate planning. When celebrities pass away, their estates often become public and messy affairs. This is the case for the late Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and…

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What is the Cost of Probate?

When a loved one passes away, their estate may need to go through a legal process known as probate. Probate follows statutory rules for settling the deceased person's financial affairs and distributing their assets to their beneficiaries. One of the…

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The Steps Involved in Probate

An emotional loss like that of a close relative is one of life's most stressful experiences. In addition to the emotional aspect, there is the stress of handling the deceased person's estate and affairs. This part can be especially overwhelming. The…

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How to Navigate the Probate Process

Probate is the legal process that recognizes a will and appoints an executor to administer an estate and distribute it to the intended beneficiaries, according to the American Bar Association (ABA). Navigating the probate process will vary according to state law.…

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Do Not Write Your Will Yourself

When wills are drafted, they will address who receives your assets and properties after your death only if they are properly filled out. Your will names a personal representative (executor) who will carry out your directives. In addition to asset distribution,…

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Will or Not to Will

What Probate Is With or Without a Will

 People commonly know that probate occurs in probate court after someone passes away, and that it is something that happens after someone dies. Many people are not aware that the process is long and complicated. In some cases, it can…

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What All Your Will Is Capable Of

What is a Will? A will is a legally binding directive stating who will receive your property upon your death and is an important part of a comprehensive estate plan. If you die without one (intestate), the state will distribute…

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