Wills & Probate

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Step-Children and Your Will
If your spouse had children when you married, you might wonder about your legal obligations to your step-children. Will they get part of your estate? How do you make sure they do, or don't? ... Read more

Wills and Probate FAQ
Here are simple answers to commonly asked questions about wills and probate. ... Read more

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

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You can file a petition to compel production of the Will. To do so, I strongly urge you to consult an estate litigator (I am not a litigator) for help. However, under the kind of circumstances you des ...Read more

This is a very general question but you would need to speak with a probate attorney in the county where you live to get more specific advice.

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Daniel Gigiano Reviews Death Taxes

Are there death taxes? Ohio repealed its estate tax effective January 1, 2013. Does that mean there is no estate tax? Of course not. I would not be writing an entire article on this topic if that were ... Read more

How Do You Make a Will?

A will is a document that contains instructions setting forth how a person would like to have his or her probate property distributed upon death. The person must be at least eighteen years old, of sou ... Read more

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

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