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 [...]

Be Sure to Check Your Estate Annually

Every year you should go to the doctor to get a physical, see how you're doing and if there are any changes that need to be made in your life. All of this is for the betterment of your health. In this respect, wouldn't you do the same when it comes to an estate plan? [...]

2019-05-23T12:47:09-05:00Thursday, May 23, 2019|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning, Trust, Trustee, Will|0 Comments

Aretha Franklin: What Her Wills Show Us

News broke earlier this week that the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had wills written out that were found between her couch cushions. What these wills represent are something called holographic wills. A holographic will is a will, but it ignores some of the formalities that go into putting together a will. Such formalities [...]

2019-05-22T10:31:39-05:00Wednesday, May 22, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate, Will|0 Comments

Estate plan: is it a big deal to not have a will?

It seems like that with each passing day, we learn about a celebrity or famous figure who died without a will. Is it a big deal? The answer depends on the circumstances. When creating an estate plan, you'll be able to control how you want your affairs and life's assets to be taken care of. [...]

How Can I Avoid a Messy Situation with a Will?

The Probate ProSM has informed you in the past to have a plan in place for someone’s untimely death. While we continue to inform you about the importance of having a will in place, there’s a slight caveat. Even if a will or just a plan is set up, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid [...]

Kristoff St. John and the Holographic Will

A few weeks ago, we discussed how Luke Perry took steps to protect his family in the event that he passed away. Today, we’ll take a look at another celebrity who passed away last month, that being soap opera television star Kristoff St. John. Originally, it was reported that the Young and the Restless star [...]

Unmarried Couples: Why a Will is Necessary

Relationships are magnificent things. Some couples will wind up getting married, whereas others will choose to just be together, committing themselves to a “married” lifestyle. For those couples that have committed to a “married” lifestyle without the actual marriage you need to know this: If your significant other passes away, they have no spousal rights, [...]

2019-03-15T09:21:28-05:00Friday, March 15, 2019|Beneficiaries, surviving spouse, Will|0 Comments

How Luke Perry’s Estate Preparation Prevented Drama

The world was shook last week with the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved television actor, Perry suffered a massive stroke, which led to him being put into a medically-induced coma. Sadly, Perry passed away several days later. No matter who you are – a television actor or a construction worker – you need to [...]

Five Ways to Prepare Yourself for Decedent Estate

We all have a busy schedule in our lives. Meetings to go to, kids to pick up and of course, our jobs. Caught up in the whirlwind of life, we don’t always have time to prepare for meetings, let alone know how to prepare for meetings that are unfamiliar. If by chance, you are in [...]