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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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Does a will have to be notarized to be valid? Multiple wills?

Q: My dad wrote a will leaving his entire estate to me and my brothers several years ago. Since then he remarried. I’m not sure if he wrote another will or not. I’m just curious if the wil ... Read more

August is National Male a Will Month

  August is National Make-a-Will Month. Now, I’m not sure who comes up with these various national celebrations each month, but because it’s Make-a-Will month I feel compelled to disc ... Read more

Can I do anything about her keeping my dad’s funeral money?

Q: My step-mom held a benefit and called it a “benefit for the family of Jack Allen”. She used her churches tax ID number for benefit donations. My dad did not have life insurance and was ... Read more

Are the kids responsible for mother’s medical bills?

Q: Mother accrued a lot of medical bills throughout her lifetime due to illness. She didn’t own anything but a vehicle and some personal belongings so her estate will not have much to pay back h ... Read more

What can you do if an executor or ADMINISTRATOR is not performing his or he

What can you do if an Executor or Administrator (Personal Representative) is not performing his job? Executors for an estate are nominated in the Will to handle all estate matters. The Executor must b ... Read more

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