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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…

Gifts and Penalties Under Medicare

Gifts and Penalties Under Medicare

Low-income seniors with limited assets and income can afford health care and long-term care through Medicaid, a federal/state program. Many seniors believe their only option to qualify for the program is to “spend down” their assets. While this is true…

A Trust and Its Many Benefits

A Trust and Its Many Benefits

A trust is a great mechanism for handling estate business and it can be beneficial to anyone with any number of assets. You want to keep your affairs private and stay out of probate court? Maybe you have stepchildren? You…

Prenuptial Agreements Are Appropriate at Any Age

Prenuptial Agreements Are Appropriate at Any Age

A married couple, Ginny and George, had extended family they wanted to leave their assets to when they died. Unfortunately, Ginny was then diagnosed with cancer. She began to worry: What could happen if she died before George did, and…

Undue Influence Over a Will-Maker

Undue Influence Over a Will-Maker

Incidents of what attorneys deem "undue influence" on the elderly constitute elder abuse. It disrupts the older persons' impulse to provide for loved ones and instead leaves assets to the manipulator. Often, family members do not find out about a…

The Many Benefits of a Trust

The Many Benefits of a Trust

Trusts are not exclusive to the wealthy, anyone can benefit from setting up a trust. Do you want to keep your affairs private and stay out of probate court? Maybe you have stepchildren? Do you want to leave money to…

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