Reading of the Will: Is it Real or Not?

Reading of the will, a moment in probate that is over dramatized. We see it often in the theater or on television where there's this big, revealing scene. The beneficiary walks into a swanky office of a high profile lawyer. Joining you are other beneficiaries who are also scheduled to learn of what they've inherited. [...]

2019-09-24T07:47:52-05:00Tuesday, September 24, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Living Will for College-Bound Children?

It's around this time of the year when we receive phone calls from parents. Generally, it's usually the children who come to us and talk about estate planning for their parent(s).This time however, it's the parents who are coming to us to inquire about estate planning for their children. Why? Because their children are leaving [...]

2019-09-18T09:06:12-05:00Wednesday, September 18, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, guardianship, medicaid planning, Will|0 Comments

Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]

Estate Planning for the Millennials – An Open Letter

For our generation, estate planning is often the last thing on our minds. Many millennials are struggling to make ends meet, overwhelmed by student loans and trying to get their finances in order. However, a proper estate plan can provide financial security for your loved ones and carry out your wishes following your death or [...]

What Makes A Valid Will?

A will is a record of an individual's assets and where and whom they are distributed to. Over time, our society has adopted more interpretations of wills. There's oral wills, written wills, holographic wills and more. There was even a story of a man writing his will on a tractor that crushed and killed [...]

How to Avoid A Probate Surprise

Surprises are indeed, surprising. They come out of nowhere and when you don't expect it. Sometimes it can be a good surprise, such as a surprise birthday party or surprise baby announcement. Other times, it can be neither good or bad, such as a surprise test or a surprise baby announcement. When it comes to [...]

Should the Youth Consider an Estate Plan?

In this day and age, people in need of an answer live by the saying, “Google it.” However, when it comes to the future of your assets, why would you let the future of those assets be determined by Googling how to put together an estate plan yourself, when a probate law firm can do [...]

How to Avoid Probate Scams, Cons and Frauds

In the late 90s, there was an animated series on Cartoon Network called Ed, Edd n' Eddy. The show was about three boys who tried to get their tongues on jawbreakers by tricking, scamming and scheming their fellow peers in the neighborhood. Almost all of the time, their tricks, schemes and scams backfired. However that's [...]