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What is the Probate Process?

A loss of a close relative is one of life's most emotionally draining experiences, along with the stress of dealing with the deceased's estate. This part can be especially overwhelming. The process of proving to a probate court that the…

DIY Wills: Problems and Solutions

If properly written, a will addresses who receives your assets and properties after your death. Your will names a personal representative (executor) who will carry out your wishes.  In addition to asset distribution, your executor makes a public notice of…

A Guide to Probate

ABA defines probate as the legal process that formally recognizes a will and appoints a personal representative (executor) to administer the estate for intended beneficiaries.  Navigating the probate process will vary according to state law. Therefore, it is good to…

Probate Litigation Avoidance Tips

Disputes regarding guardianships, conservatorships, trusts, real estate, and gifts may arise during probate litigation. The most successful approach to mitigating or avoiding probate litigation risk is carefully planning for the future. Comprehensive estate plans that are routinely updated, careful consideration and…

Disruption of Probate by a Creditor

The date of death of the testamentary is usually published in a local newspaper by a personal representative (executor).  In part, this information serves as notice to creditors if the decedent has an outstanding debt with them. The personal representative…

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