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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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Pandemics and Your Estate Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) gave name to the disease-causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak on February 11, 2020. The coronavirus disease 2019 shortly after became known by its abbreviation, CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and…

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Elder Abuse During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sadly, elder abuse events are significantly underreported. The National Council on Aging reports that estimates range as high as five million older adults experience abuse every year or about one in ten. A study by The National Institutes of Health…

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Things to know about Estate Planning

Estate planning may sound like the something for the very wealthy, however, in the eyes of the law, an estate is simply the aggregate of property an individual owns, and most everyone owns something. Property ownership includes individual as well…

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Writing 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 you.…

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