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Looting a Loved One's Estate
Update 12/23/2009: Anthony Marshall  has been found guilty of 14 of the 15 counts against him. Marshall was convicted in October of the most serious charges - first-degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud. He faces a minimum of one to three years, or as much as eight to 25 years in state prison. ... Read more

Legal Consequences of Dying without a Will
On July 4, 2009, NFL quarterback Steve McNair was found murdered in a hotel room in Nashville, Tennessee. McNair didn't have a will at the time of his death. In legal jargon, this is known as dying intestate. When someone dies without a will, state law governs how his estate is administered. In McNair's ... Read more

New Jersey Considerations for Estate Planning
It can be difficult to discuss estate planning, but it is vitally important that most people over the age of 18 consider the matter. Proper planning ensures your wishes are followed and helps your loved ones avoid protracted, expensive legal battles. Laws are similar in most states, but New Jersey differs ... Read more

Understanding Massachusetts Estate Planning
The best way to guarantee your property and health care wishes are honored is by creating an estate plan. An estate plan helps to resolve whatever legal issues may arise upon death. Making a will Creating a will is not necessarily complicated, and it prevents the complication of dying intestate. If intestate, ... Read more

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No.  The will will govern.  There is nothing you can do.

The first place you need to start is with the deed to the house. That's going to determine what needs to be done and what the actual situation is. There may not be a least costly way to handle th ...Read more

In general, if you are the only person legally obliged to pay the debt before your death, then your probate estate becomes responsible for paying it after your death. If all of your debts are paid fro ...Read more

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What Is a Will Contest and How Do I Contest a Will in Texas?

Will Contests in Texas When someone who is affected by a will believes that there is something wrong with the will, he or she may “contest” the will in court. This type of case is also kno ... Read more

General Durable Power of Attorney: What Does it Do?

A general durable power of attorney grants a named individual (called the “attorney-in-fact” or “agent”) the authority to act on your behalf with respect to whatever matters ar ... Read more


Many clients ask whether they need a will (or a revocable trust, which is discussed in another post). Or they tell me they don’t need a will because they don’t have many assets, don’ ... Read more

The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Will in Florida

There is a lot more to estate planning than deciding who gets your stuff. We all know that you can’t take it with you, so it’s really about who’s in control after you are no longer h ... Read more

Your Fears about the Probate Process, Alleviated

The probate process sounds daunting, doesn’t it? It sounds like having to chase paper and mill through miles of red tape while in the process of mourning the passing of a loved one. Well, even t ... Read more

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