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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.  

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Online Wills: Not So E-Z After All

We have warned in previous blogs about the potential negative effects of using “E-Z” online legal forms for your business.

These forms, unlike a qualified and experienced attorney, simply cannot account for every possible situation. Often, using an inexpensive form online can become a very expensive...
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How Do You Know if your Estate Plan is up to Date?

Last week we received a call from one of our clients whose father had died recently. When she came into the office and provided the Will for our review, I was surprised to see that it was over 30 years old and had been prepared prior to her father's second marriage. Needless to say, things had changed and the cost of probate and litigation between children from different relationships will substantially reduce the size of the estate ultimately distributed to the beneficiaries.

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