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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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If your father lived in Georgia and was a resident of Georgia, you should contact a probate attorney in Georgia, preferrably in the county of your father's residence. All the best.

If you are legally recognized as one of your father's children, then under Georgia law (assuming he had his principal residence in Georgia at the time of his death), you are one of his heirs. That mea ...Read more

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Why am I receiving funds from my mother’s life insurance when my sister sho

Q: My sister is the executor and per the will she is to receive everything yet my name is listed as a 50-50 beneficiary on her retirement and life insurance. Debt on estate is about 100k. There is 160 ... Read more

What can bank do to vehicle or estate if auto loan in mom’s name?

  Q: My mother passed and my auto loan is in her name. I cannot finance the vehicle myself as there are too many miles and it is way upside down. I have kept current with the payments so far. The ... Read more

Why You Should Consider Filing for Year’s Support

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FILING FOR YEAR’S SUPPORT You should complete Ga. Probate Form No. 10. Georgia probate forms are required when filing petitions with the probate court. Use probate form N ... Read more

Probate: 5 Tools For Avoiding Probate in Texas

Texas has created a quick and (relatively speaking) inexpensive probate process that can be utilized in the majority of estates arising in Texas. While there is no substitute for the planning and prot ... Read more

What legal recourse do I have as Co- Executor with my disagreeable sister?

Q: I live in Pittsburgh and was my dad’s primary caregiver for past 2 years. My sister, who lives across the country, and I are named co-executors and equal 50/50 beneficiaries of the estate. I ... Read more

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