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How Power of Attorney Works

Oftentimes as people begin to age, their mental capacity starts to hinder their decision making skills. This is just a natural occurrence that we all have to face at some point, but what happens when there is money, property, bills, and medical treatment involved? Aging is not the only times when a Power of Attorney […]

Elements of Probate Law

Probate law might seem to be simple when you look at it superficially but as is the case with all branches of law there is a lot more to it when you dig deeper into its principles. This is the reason why there are lawyers who specialize only in this particular branch of law. In […]

What’s the Process for Making Changes to a Will?

Life changes, we all know that. What you set forth in your will when you first arrange it may not still be what you want down the road. People leave your life for various reasons; assets change; and needs adjust. Your last will and testament is not set in stone the minute that you make […]

Elements of Probate Law

Probate law might seem to be simple when you look at it superficially but as is the case with all branches of law there is a lot more to it when you dig deeper into its principles. This is the reason why there are lawyers who specialize only in this particular branch of law. In […]

Probate, death and taxes

Have you ever heard that saying, “The only sure things in life are death and taxes”?  You know it’s true.  If there is a way to get taxes out of someone, the government will be right there.  And probate is no different than any other tax situation.  Even after someone dies, the IRS will want […]

What is Probate Law?

Probate law is a term probably everyone has heard of. We’ve all heard of probate judges. Do you have any idea what probate law includes? You might have a few guesses, but read further to fully understand what probate law is. First, let’s define “probate”. Probate is actually a legal document. When someone dies, receiving […]

Celebrity Probate Cases

Probably one of the most famous celebrity probate cases is that of Anna Nicole Smith and the death of her husband, billionaire J Howard Marshall.  Smith and Marshall married when she was 27 and he was 89.  This age difference caused many to believe Smith married Marshall only for the financial gain she would have […]

If It’s Unusual, It ‘Will’ Be Contested

For many, the last will and testament is a chance to make a statement about those who have stood by them and those who haven’t.  There have been some truly unusual wills that have gone through the probate process.  It would seem, the more unusual the will, the more certain it will be contested. Take […]

What is Summary Administration?

Probate is no fun – right? Who wants to deal with the courts when you are trying to get your hands on the assets you are entitled to when someone passes? Wait, aren’t you supposed to be mourning that person’s death and not worrying about how much money you are going to get? In a […]

What is a Probate court?

The definition of the Probate Court is: a court that is specialized to determine the distribution of a deceased person’s estate.  That’s the gist of it.  A Probate judge can determine who legally gets what; kind of like a family referee.   After reading about family squabbles over estate divisions, it’s easy to see why the […]

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