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Step-Children and Your Will
If your spouse had children when you married, you might wonder about your legal obligations to your step-children. Will they get part of your estate? How do you make sure they do, or don't? ... READ MORE

Wills and Probate FAQ
Here are simple answers to commonly asked questions about wills and probate. ... READ MORE

Looting a Loved One's Estate
Update 12/23/2009: Anthony Marshall  has been found guilty of 14 of the 15 counts against him. Marshall was convicted in October of the most serious charges - first-degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud. He faces a minimum of one to three years, or as much as eight to 25 years in state prison. ... READ MORE

Legal Consequences of Dying without a Will
On July 4, 2009, NFL quarterback Steve McNair was found murdered in a hotel room in Nashville, Tennessee. McNair didn't have a will at the time of his death. In legal jargon, this is known as dying intestate. When someone dies without a will, state law governs how his estate is administered. In McNair's ... READ MORE

Your Will Is a Key to Your Legacy
Although it has several meanings, your "legacy" is what you leave behind as a remembrance of you after you die. Your will, or last will and testament, has a direct connection to your legacy, so you should know some things about how it works. Wills and Legacies A will is written document where you tell ... READ MORE

What If Your Children Come after Your Will Is Done?
Of course, many families have children. There are many ways that children may enter a family. There are natural children born of the marriage, non-marital children, adopted children or children of one or the other spouse. In a will, terms to describe children are often "descendents," "issue" or "child." ... READ MORE

What Should Be Done If a Will Cannot Be Found?
A diligent search for a lost will should be conducted prior to taking any steps to prove the existence of the lost will. The search should include contacting the decedent's attorney and inquiring into whether the attorney has any knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the will. The search should also ... READ MORE

Wills & Probate: Meeting with a Lawyer
Treat your first meeting as a business consultation. Dress well and be prompt. Be polite and courteous. You will want to impress the lawyer, just as he or she will be trying to impress you. Give a lawyer the chance to get to know you. Don't feel compelled right off the bat to blurt out everything you ... READ MORE

Personal Gifts in Wills
Personal gifts can be made while a person is alive or they may be made after death, according to that person's will. When a gift is given during someone's lifetime or when an irrevocable trust is created for a beneficiary or beneficiaries, that is called an inter vivos gift. Inter vivos gifts or trusts ... READ MORE

Picking the Best Legal Guardian for Your Child
No parents want to imagine that they might die while their child or children are still young. Consequently, many parents procrastinate when it comes to writing a will, which means that many parents have not taken the legal steps to name a guardian for their children in the unfortunate event that they ... READ MORE


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You won't be able to have anyone interpret a Will in this forum. This forum is suited only for more general legal question, not specific cases. Specific cases generally require much more information a ...Read more

When the inheritance consists of money, you can deposit it in the name of the distributee, together with a certified copy of the judgment of distribution, with the county treasurer in exchange fo ...Read more

The basic cost actually depends on how complex things are, and how you want to handle your property. Assuming a simple estate, my average "simple" will costs between $300 - $400. These are issues tha ...Read more

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Can someone change anything on a will that was signed?

Q: My mom’s not going to be here much longer she’s being released to come home under hospice care. I have the will. The house goes to me and my sister but my sister is power of attorney ov ... Read more

Can I Make Mom Pay for College from Dad’s Life Insurance?

Dear Ms. Allison: How can I make my mom pay for my college with my dad’s life insurance money? They’ve been divorced for 17 years and he died 2 years ago. Now that I’m 21, she won&#8 ... Read more

Does the State start the Probate?

Dear Ms. Allison: Does the state automatically step in and distribute the estate of a person who died, even if no one has filed a claim for it? Nobody seems to be doing anything about my grandmother&# ... Read more

Transferring Mom’s House to Kids When There Is No Will

Dear Ms. Allison: My mother passed away. The house we live in is in her name. Mom had no Will so how do I get her house put in my name? I do have other siblings. S.C. from the Panhandle* Dear S.C: If ... Read more

Beneficiaries named properly on all your retirement and insurance products

Blog Entry for week of May 22, 2017 Do you have your beneficiaries named properly on all of your retirement and insurance products? One of the largest areas of conflict results from a person not prope ... Read more

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