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No Will: What Happens to Probate Assets?

I am not sure why someone would not have a will in today’s day and age, but it happens more often than you might think. Why would you want your family members fighting over your assets after your death? Wouldn’t you rather everything went to the person that you wanted it to go to? A […]

What is Formal Administration?

When a loved one passes and they have left behind adequate assets that go above and beyond the expenses of their funeral and burial, formal administration of their assets may be necessary. This of course can be avoided if they have a will or trust that names specific beneficiaries or there is joint ownership of […]

Achieve Peace Knowing Your Finances are in Order

Throughout each day there are thousands of people who pass away all over the world. Each of these deaths are devastating to the family and loved ones. They can never be replaced and no amount of monetary value will even come close to replacing them. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is tragic […]

Laws on last wills and testaments

Many people think that it is not necessary to leave behind any last wills and testaments about their personal belongings for various reasons. This is a wrong choice as in such a scenario, the state will make one on its own, which may create a point of contention and a series of law suits between […]

Achieve Peace Knowing Your Finances are in Order

Throughout each day there are thousands of people who pass away all over the world. Each of these deaths are devastating to the family and loved ones. They can never be replaced and no amount of monetary value will even come close to replacing them. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is tragic […]

Key Elements to Consider in a Will

Unfortunately, most people die without a will, and of those people more than 50% have children. The majority of individuals feel that they don’t have the knowledge to create a will or that it will take too much time to prepare or that they really don’t have anything to leave behind so they feel there’s […]

4 Major Differences Between a Will and a Trust

A will is a written document—signed and witnessed—that indicates how your property will be distributed at the time of your death. It is revocable and subject to amendment at any time during your lifetime. It also allows you to appoint a guardian for your minor children. A trust enables you to create a separate legal entity […]

Top Six Questions about Wills

Talking about wills can be an uncomfortable conversation. Not only is it difficult to discuss life’s uncertainties, but there are often more questions than answers when dealing with this subject. These five questions will help get you on the right path to understanding your will. Do I Need A Will? Yes. If you don’t have […]

Do you have a last will and testament?

I’m sure everyone has heard of families who have fought bitterly over the assets left behind when a loved one passes on.  There are arguments over who gets Aunt Bertha’s china, who inherits Grandma’s recipe book, who gets mom’s jewelry or dad’s antique car collection.  When nothing is written down to show your desire on […]

Unusual last wills

To leave your surviving spouse the house and all the money in the bank accounts seems like a very normal thing.  Perhaps you might leave a small percent to a charity or church.  Maybe you want your favorite granddaughter to have your wedding ring set to remember you by.  Again, all normal bequests to have […]

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