Jeffrey Epstein’s Will and the Lessons Learned

Earlier this year, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead inside his jail cell in New York City.  Interestingly, two days prior to his death, he wrote an estate plan and will. As estate planning attorneys, we’ve been asked if putting an estate plan together right before death is a common thing that happens. The answer [...]

2019-12-03T11:11:21-05:00Tuesday, December 3, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

How To Probate A Will

Upon death, a will provides the instructions to the probate court and to the family as to who the individual wants to nominate as their personal representative, and how they would like their estate to be distributed. So, how does one actually probate a will? First, the probate court provides supervision over all matters in [...]

2019-11-07T14:33:34-05:00Thursday, November 7, 2019|Probate, Will|0 Comments

Plan Your Estate Like You Would A Vacation

Having an estate plan is so important because anything can happen, but exactly how do you go about preparing an estate plan? Well, it's not all that different than getting ready for a vacation. When you’re planning for a vacation, you  make sure you have all your essentials packed. Your clothes, your toiletries, your electronics [...]

2019-10-17T11:00:28-05:00Tuesday, October 15, 2019|Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Will|0 Comments

How to find a Will

On occasion, we tend to forget where we've placed things. It could be losing track of where you placed the car keys inside the house, or your wallet. Believe it or not, a will can also be misplaced, despite the importance of the document. It may not be the result of forgetting where it was. [...]

2019-10-15T09:40:30-05:00Tuesday, October 15, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

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

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 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 [...]

What You Need to Know About the Probate Process

What is Probate? Probate is a legal process in which a decedent's estate is properly distributed to heir and designated beneficiaries and any debt owed to creditors is paid off. For the most part, probate property is something that's distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament, if there is one, or according to [...]