Tag Archives: estate law

When is probate necessary?

Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term “probate”.

Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in the name of the deceased person. Probate is governed by state law.  

Avoiding...

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An Easy Three-Step Review for Your Estate Plan “Helpers”

While putting together an estate plan is important for you and your loved ones, it is equally important for you to understand the role of the trusted individuals who will be carrying out your wishes when you are unable to.

When it comes to estate planning, your primary helpers are key and they generally include a...
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Four Easy to Avoid Mistakes People Make at Tax Time

It’s that time of year again: tax season.

No one enjoys doing their taxes, and that is likely why many of us leave this tedious task to the last…possible…moment. As Tax Day approaches, millions of Americans are likely scrambling to track down all of their important documents to meet the April 15 deadline. But as with...
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Are Heirlooms and Keepsakes a Part of Your Estate Plan?

When most people think of estate planning, they think of assets that include money, real estate, and personal property.

But, included in someone’s estate could be invaluable personal property, such as family heirlooms or keepsakes. This type of property should not be overlooked in your estate plan just because it may not have a high dollar...
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