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Court Bonds 05.18.2021

Pets and Estate Planning?

Yes, it’s OK to talk about—and it’s even a new norm: planning for the well being of your pet after you die. Though setting aside funds for the future of beloved pets was likely not…
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Pets and Estate Planning?
Court Bonds 05.10.2021

Assets Passed Outside of Wills?

We all know—at least in theory—the importance of having a will that clearly communicates our intentions for passing along assets (be they few or many) It’s also important to appoint someone to execute the will…
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Assets Passed Outside of Wills?
Court Bonds 05.10.2021

Testator Intent or Scrivener’s Error?

Testator Intent or Scrivener’s Error? A recent sibling dispute over a will in Texas underscores the importance of testator intent in probate law. An appeals court affirmed a trial court decision to reform a will,…
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Testator Intent or Scrivener’s Error?
Court Bonds 05.03.2021

Special Needs and the Trustee Role

 When setting up a trust for a loved one with special needs, you’ll also choose a trustee, which might be yourself, or a friend, relative or professional. No matter who you choose, it’s important to…
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Special Needs and the Trustee Role
Court Bonds 04.27.2021

IRS Estate Law Updates

Along with the spring showers, there’s been some uncertainty in the air about the required minimum distributions for inherited retirement benefits. Estate law practitioners explain the confusion and offer an update. The Secure Act of…
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IRS Estate Law Updates
Court Bonds 04.27.2021

Settling Affairs: Get A Bank Account

Typically when someone dies without a will, an administrator is appointed in probate court to settle the affairs of the deceased. When there is a will, an executor generally performs this role. In either case,…
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Settling Affairs: Get A Bank Account
Court Bonds 04.19.2021

Probate Explained

Probate Explained Probate is not as scary as it can sometimes sound. Understanding the basics will take a weight off your shoulders if you are executing or administering a will. Even getting a probate bond…
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Probate Explained
Court Bonds 04.19.2021

Court Appointed Administrators Explained

  Typically when someone dies without a will, an administrator is appointed in probate court to settle the affairs of the deceased. Frequently, probate courts require the administrator to obtain a type of fidelity bond,…
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Court Appointed Administrators Explained
Court Bonds 04.12.2021

Unequal But Fair: Estate Planning

  Estate planning experts are helping older adults realize unspoken hopes about the “right” distribution of assets to grown children. Sometimes this results in less equal, but ultimately more fair plans.  Realistic and transparent family…
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Unequal But Fair: Estate Planning