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Planning the Estate of a Surviving Spouse

Planning the Estate of a Surviving Spouse

Losing a spouse or long-term partner makes it hard to think beyond your grief. However, it is crucial to understand there are important and timely decisions you need to make regarding your finances and personal estate plan. In truth, estate…

Free Online Legal Documents: Beware of the Dangers

Free Online Legal Documents: Beware of the Dangers

Power of attorney allows you to appoint a trusted person to handle transactions for you. They could be related to personal finances, business operations, or medical needs and used for a single immediate purpose or an ongoing situation. This may…

Taking Steps to Reduce the Risk of Probate Litigation

Taking Steps to Reduce the Risk of Probate Litigation

The risk of probate litigation can be increased by a number of family circumstances. Still, there are two fundamental reasons: families disagree with how to handle a mentally incapacitated family member or, after death, disagreements regarding the dissolution of the…

Most of the Time, Equality Is Fair

Most of the Time, Equality Is Fair

When it comes to deciding how to leave property to your children, the obvious choice is to divide everything equally. That is the straightforward choice when all your children are doing equally well. But if not – if, for example,…

In What Ways Are Estates Administered in Court?

In What Ways Are Estates Administered in Court?

Court officials, including probate judges, deal with a decedent's will through probate. While state probate laws may vary, the general process is quite similar across the country. Probate is the process of proving wills for decedents’. A probate judge will…

Selecting and Appointing Your Legal Representatives

Selecting and Appointing Your Legal Representatives

One lesson we have learned from the Coronavirus pandemic is how uncertain life can be. Too many aging Americans found themselves with a life-threatening COVID-19 illness in 2020 without legal documents naming trusted loved ones to make decisions for their…

Adult Children

When Equal Distributions are not Equitable

When it comes to deciding how to leave property to your children, the clearest choice is often to divide assets into equal shares. That is the straightforward choice when all your children are doing equally well. But if not –…

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