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When Should I Start an Estate Plan?

Most people don’t spring out of bed on their eighteenth birthday, eager to start their day with a good breakfast and a visit to the estate planning attorney. In fact, many people wait decades before making an estate plan, and some never make one at… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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What Is the Difference Between Testate and Intestate?

These words don’t usually come up in conversation, but if you have recently been involved in dealing with a loved one’s estate, you may have heard the words “testate” and “intestate” and wondered what they mean. They sound very similar, b… Read More
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Can You Sell a House During Probate?

Often, when a homeowner dies, their house is the largest asset in their estate. Family members may need or want to liquidate the property as soon as possible. A house frequently represents more than its financial value, of course; it may hold treasur… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
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What is a Pour-Over Will?

In a nutshell, a pour-over will is a tool to make sure that everything in your estate passes according to the terms of your estate plan. In recent years, trusts have become an increasingly popular way to avoid probate and ensure that inherited assets… Read More
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What to Expect at a Guardianship Hearing

The decision to pursue guardianship of a loved one can be a difficult, but necessary one. Most family members who seek to become a guardian of a vulnerable person do so not because they want to control their loved one’s life, but because they belie… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships
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What is a Personal Representative of an Estate?

If someone close to you has recently died, you may have received communication from the “personal representative of the estate.” In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a personal representative is, what they do, and what your rights are if a per… Read More
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Should You Have Both a Will and a Living Trust?

One of the most common questions estate planning attorneys hear is “Do I need a will, a living trust, or both?” Often, the question is asked by a new client who has been doing research on estate planning, or who has been advised by a friend or fa… Read More
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Do you have concerns about your client's capacity?

You may have come across a situation where you have concerns that your client has, or you suspect has, evidence of some loss of memory, and/or problems with language, problem solving, and other thinking abilities. Perhaps you have an elder client who… Read More
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How to Prepare for an Estate Planning Meeting

If you are getting ready to attend your first estate planning meeting with an attorney, congratulations! That means that you’ve already taken the most difficult step: making the decision to make an estate plan. Now you may be concerned about what y… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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Caring For an Elderly Parent When You Live Out of State

Just a few generations ago, it was common for young adults to continue living in the community in which they grew up, close to friends and family who did the same. Grandparents helped to care for grandchildren, and when they themselves grew older and… Read More
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Categories: Elder Care