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How to Navigate the Probate Process

As defined by the American Bar Association (ABA), probate is the legal process by which a will is granted formal recognition, and the personal representative (executor) is appointed to administer the estate. Navigating the probate process will vary according to…

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Creating a Will for Blended Families

It is common today for families to have stepchildren, and in cases of inheritance, stepchildren are often treated the same as biological children. This is particularly true where stepchildren are part of a blended family from an early age. Biological siblings…

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Risks Involved with DIY Wills

You can name a personal representative (executor) in your will to carry out your wishes after you pass away. When your will is properly filled out, it will address who will inherit your assets and properties.  In addition to asset…

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A Guide to the Probate Process

The loss of a close relative is one of life's most emotionally stressful events, in addition to dealing with the deceased's estate. This part can be especially overwhelming. The process of proving to a probate court that the deceased’s last…

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What is a Will?

A will is a legally binding document stating who will receive your personal property upon your death and is an important part of a comprehensive estate plan. If you die without a will (intestate), the state will distribute your assets…

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Understanding the Probate Process

Probate is the legal process for authenticating a deceased person's will, reviewing their assets, paying their outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing what remains to their inheritors. After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint a valid will's executor to…

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