When a loved one dies, grief can make legal terms even harder to comprehend then usual. Here’s clarity on probate: most families will work through their state’s probate process to settle the affairs of… Read Moreabout Probate vs Probate Litigation?
Although many states now have expedited probate processes, lengthy delays can still occur. For example, if there is a challenge to the validity of a will, the probate process essentially comes to a halt—no… Read Moreabout Will Contests Delay Probate
When it comes to estate plans, there are no laws requiring parents to evenly divide assets among children. Equality often makes the most sense, both practically and emotionally. However, life circumstances may prompt questions… Read Moreabout Fairness and Estate Planning
What is the right amount of money to leave adult children? This is an important question for families who have had the good luck to accumulate more money then necessary for a satisfying and… Read Moreabout Inheritance: Too Much?
When estate plans involve trusts, lawyers advise careful consideration in naming the trustee. Families may think they are immune to conflict, but grappling with death and financial decision making can present difficult challenges for… Read Moreabout Trustees: Impartiality and Good Judgment
Executing a will can be fraught with difficult tasks. For example, debts must be resolved before assets are distributed—and prolonged waiting can lead to anxious beneficiaries. Add grief to the mix and conflicts can… Read Moreabout Do’s and Don’ts for Executors
When creating a trust, the designation of trustee is among the most important decisions the trustor makes. As a fiduciary, the trustee has significant responsibilities on behalf of beneficiaries—but may not necessarily have deep financial,… Read Moreabout Directed Trusts: A Basic Overview