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 [...]

Intestacy and Kevin Bacon

There's a popular  intestacy "game" known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Part of what people call "Bacon's Law," the goal of this game is to try and find how an actor or individual is linked to famous actor, Kevin Bacon. The game merely seeks to identify how closely related an individual is to the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 do I Probate when a Loved One Passes Away?

How do I probate? A loved one has recently passed away and I'm left without much of an idea as to what should happen next. Please help! When a loved one dies, there are many things to consider. When it comes to probate it can be intimidating, difficult and frustrating. What do you need to [...]

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, [...]

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