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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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Senior Citizen Planning

A Guide for Seniors on Estate Planning

Estate planning is regarded as essential by most older adults. Despite this, nearly half of Americans age 55 or older do not have a will or designated powers of attorney, while fewer still have living wills or advance directives. Providing…

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Changing Wills and Estate Plans for Widows and Widowers

Grieving the death of a spouse is an emotionally, spiritually, and financially difficult experience. One spouse often handles family taxes and estate planning, and the widow(er) may have a complex financial situation that leaves her with more questions than answers.…

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How To Contest a Will

When planning for growing old, one way we can be sure what happens to our property is laying out a will and appointing an executor. The executor will delegate who will receive the property and will oversee settling the estate.…

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Is The Pandemic Covered in Your Estate Plan?

With the pandemic weighing heavy on most of our minds, it’s hard to plan for the future. Especially when it comes to Estate Planning. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave name to the disease-causing the 2019…

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The Probate Process: An Overview

Are you familiar with the probate process? As a fundamental definition, probate court is the legal process of validating a person's will and ensuring an executor handles the decedent's assets, debts, and final tax filings by law and according to…

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What Does a Will Do and Why Do You Need One?

The number of Americans with a will has had a minimal increase of only 2.5 percent over the past year, according to a Caring.com wills survey. Overall, the percentage of those with a will continues to decline, 33 percent in…

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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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The Probate Process

After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint a valid will's executor to administer 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…

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Don’t Use Do-It-Yourself Estate Plans

Something we hear all the time: “Can’t I just grab a will off the internet, do a transfer-on-death deed for my land, put my kids on my bank account, and be done with my estate plan?”   It’s just not…

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