"Probate Court with probate granted on a Last Will & Testament. The first step in the legal process of administering and transferring ownership of the estate of a deceased personaas wealth, including savings, antiques, property and cars, as designated in the deceasedaas will.  A Probate Court decides the legal validity of the testatoraas will and grants approval thereof to the executors to legally distribute the estate according to the will."

Responsibilities and Obligations of the Executor/ Administrator

When a person dies with a will in place, an executor is named as the responsible individual for winding down the decedent’s affairs. In situations in which a will has not been prepared, the probate court will appoint an administrator. [...]
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Making Decisions About End of Life Medical Treatment

While advances in medicine allow people to live longer, questions are often raised about life-sustaining treatment terminally ill patients may or may not want to receive. Those who fail to formally declare these wishes in writing to family members [...]
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Top Five Estate Planning Mistakes

In spite of the vast amount of financial information that is currently available in the media and via the internet, many people either do not understand estate planning or underestimate its importance. Here’s a look at the top five estate [...]
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Common Types of Will Contests

The most basic estate planning tool is a will which establishes how an individual’s property will be distributed and names beneficiaries to receive those assets. Unfortunately, there are circumstances when disputes arise among surviving [...]
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The Revocable Living Trust

There are many benefits to a revocable living trust that are not available in a will.  An individual can choose to have one or both, and an attorney can best clarify the advantages of each.  If the person engaged in planning his or her estate [...]
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Preventing Will Contests

So, you have a will, but is it valid?  A will can be contested for a multitude of reasons after it is presented to a probate court.  It is in your best interest to have an attorney draft the will to prevent any ambiguity in the provisions [...]
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Disinheritance

Inheritance laws involve legal rights to property after a death and such laws differ from state-to-state.   Heirs usually consist of close family members  and exclude estranged relatives.  Depending on the wording of a will, an individual [...]
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Testamentary Substitutes

In states that have “elective share statutes,” a surviving spouse is legally entitled to a certain percentage of the deceased’s estate, even if that spouse has attempted to disinherit or to provide a lesser bequest, or gift, under [...]

Draft a Will in Preparation for the Unexpected

Not enough people comprehend that a Will is one of the easiest (legally enforceable) ways individuals in Nevada and elsewhere can financially safeguard their families following an untimely death. A Will stating which assets go to whom guarantees [...]

Role of Adult Children in Arizona Estate Planning

Though estate planning often feels as if it should be a joint family effort, the person seeking a plan must have private conference time with their attorney. Not only is a private meeting advisable on a personal level, as the attorney can better [...]