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Court Bonds 12.29.2023

Trustee Duties: Disclosure and Accountability

  When a trust is created, one or more trustees must be appointed to administer it. Far from being an honorary role, a trustee is obligated to manage the trust in accordance with the terms…
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Trustee Duties: Disclosure and Accountability
Court Bonds 12.29.2023

Estate Law and Pets?

  For many people, pets are beloved companions, but in the eyes of the law, cats, dogs, and other feathered, scaly or furry friends, are, in fact, just like jewelry and clothing: personal property. Read…
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Estate Law and Pets?
Court Bonds 12.22.2023

Irrevocable Trust: Pros and Cons

Given the relative ease of set-up and their flexibility, revocable trusts are a popular and convenient estate planning tool. Despite the scarier name and implications, however, irrevocable trusts can also turn out to be useful,…
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Irrevocable Trust: Pros and Cons
Court Bonds 12.22.2023

Back Up Plan: Fiduciaries!

One of the most important aspects of estate planning is the designation of fiduciaries: the people entrusted to manage our affairs, in accordance with our intentions. Because life takes twists and turns, attorneys advise naming…
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Back Up Plan: Fiduciaries!
Court Bonds 12.19.2023

Probate Bonds Explained

Courts frequently require the person appointed to handle the affairs of the deceased to obtain a probate bond, which acts as a guarantee that debts and assets will be properly handled in accordance with state…
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Probate Bonds Explained
Court Bonds 12.19.2023

In Terrorem Clause?

When a will is created, an in terrorem clause, also referred to as a no-contest clause, can be included to prevent disputes about the provisions made in the will. Because disputes can drain time and…
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In Terrorem Clause?
Court Bonds 12.05.2023

Probate Vs NonProbate Assets?

The process of probate is somewhat like a funnel: upon death, assets pass through, so that decisions about where they end up are formalized, publicly and on the record. However, if beneficiaries have been named…
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Probate Vs NonProbate Assets?
Court Bonds 12.05.2023

Heartwarming Estate Plan

Good news still happens, and sometimes in very unexpected ways, as folks in Hinsdale, New Hampshire learned, upon the death of Geoffrey Holt, a long time resident, who lived in a mobile home park. When…
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Heartwarming Estate Plan
Court Bonds 11.30.2023

Estate Planning: Tis The Season

Winter, along with festivities, offers families time for quiet togetherness, which can be well used to make or update estate plans and communicate about them too. Though doing so may feel difficult, having the basics…
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Estate Planning: Tis The Season