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5 Estate Planning Mistakes You Should Try to Avoid

In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra....more

Estate Planning After Divorce

A good estate plan should be flexible and structured to account for foreseeable life events. However, even the best estate plan cannot accommodate every turn your life may take. Periodic review and tweaking of an estate plan...more

Probate v. Non-Probate: What Is the Difference?

When planning your estate it is important to understand the difference between probate and non-probate assets. Probate is the process through which a court determines how to distribute your property after you die. Some assets...more

Common Estate Planning Misconceptions

Like many areas of law, estate planning is rife with confusion. And it is often misunderstanding that leads to costly mistakes — mistakes that can produce negative effects now or in the future. However, misconceptions...more

Common Reasons for Probate Litigation

When someone dies, the probate process begins. Probate typically involves identifying and inventorying the property of the deceased, appraising the property, paying off debts and taxes, distributing the property according to...more

Failure To Authenticate One Witness’s Signature Dooms Admission Of Will To Probate

A court of appeal recently addressed whether a will was properly admitted to probate. The will contained a regular and complete attestation but only the genuineness of the signature of the decedent and one of the two...more

Estate Planning Considerations: Documentation and Peace of Mind

With the introduction of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act), the world of estate planning has been injected with a dose of certainty after more than 10 years of uncertainty as to federal estate, gift and...more

Why do I need to probate a will?

Your aunt has just died. She has named you as estate trustee (or executor) of her estate. She has what you would consider to be a modest estate, and you and several other nieces and nephews are the beneficiaries. You...more

Estate Planning & Probate Q&A; Business Formation Q&A

Q&A on Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Formations...more

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