Although wills can be contested, litigators encourage careful thought before doing so. Will contests take time and money—and can cause lasting damage in family and friend relations. Lawyers advise on the importance of being honest… Read Moreabout Contesting a Will? Be Honest!
Estate plans are “living documents”—meant to be updated as our lives change. Maybe children or grandchildren have come into the picture? Perhaps you or a loved one are declining incapacity? Trusts, arranged to distribute funds… Read Moreabout Trusts: Distributions Over Time?
Simply stated, inheritance litigation occurs when there is conflict over how the assets of someone who dies are distributed. Legal experts offer examples as well as some common reasons for litigation—and how to avoid… Read Moreabout Understanding Inheritance Litigation
Probate: True or False? There tends to be a lot of confusion about what happens during the probate process. Simply put, probate makes our affairs public when we die, with the court supervising the distribution of… Read Moreabout Probate: True or False?
Legal experts address the fears that hold many families back from putting estate plans in place, providing encouragement and information to help jump-start the effort. Remember, almost everyone has an estate and thoughtful planning, even… Read Moreabout Estate Planning: Proceed!
Yes! When a trust is created, the trustor (or grantor) names a trustee to administer the assets in accordance with their wishes. Trustees are fiduciaries—held to the highest duty of care in executing their… Read Moreabout Are Trustees Fiduciaries?
Although it is often assumed that it is best to avoid the probate process when planning how to pass along our assets to loved ones, estate planners find that sometimes the probate process can… Read Moreabout Probate Can Be Helpful
Estimating that approximately 175,000 veterans need help obtaining bank accounts, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP). The goal is to ensure veterans receive their full benefit… Read Moreabout Direct Deposit Options for Veterans
Trusts are sometimes a useful way to transfer assets to beneficiaries, or even to plan ahead for our own needs. Though most married couples opt for joint, Revocable Living Trusts (RLT), there are circumstances… Read Moreabout Separate Revocable Living Trust?