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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

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

What is Maryland Estate Planning?
A comprehensive estate plan is a must if you own property, run a business, have children or other dependents, or simply want the peace of mind of making your final wishes known. Whether you are just beginning to get your affairs in order or are in the process of reviewing or updating existing documents, ... READ MORE

Addressing New Mexico Estate Planning
Estate planning in New Mexico involves the management and distribution of your real and personal property upon your death or if you should become mentally incapacitated. Creating a Will A will states your intent on how you wish your property to be distributed on your passing and can also minimize tax ... READ MORE

Estate Planning Issues in Wisconsin
Whatever the size of your estate, an estate plan can help you rest easier, knowing your wishes will be honored when you die or if you become seriously ill. A solid plan can also make a sad time easier for your family. Your Last Will and Testament This document outlines who gets your worldly possessions, ... READ MORE

Need West Virginia Estate Planning Help?
Estate planning can be an emotional issue, but it is important for adults to keep their affairs in order so that loved ones are shielded from drawn-out legal battles and financial problems in the event sudden tragedy strikes. Most states have similar estate laws, though West Virginia differs in some ... READ MORE


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Yes. Hire an attorney, file a petition to probate the estate and ask to be appointed as personal representative of the estate. You can then freeze all assets until there is an accounting and the Court ...Read more

It is not clear from your question exactly how your sister (the executrix) is listed on the title to your mother's home. However, that is a critical part of the answer to your question, so I can't rea ...Read more

Assuming you are in Georgia and your home is based here, then yes, you can leave it to your son even though he is in Norway, and even if you still have an outstanding mortgage. However, the mortage wi ...Read more

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Is a handwritten Will a good idea?

Dear Ms. Allison: I need to write a new Will. I did notice that a handwritten Will is acceptable in the state of Oklahoma but I am not sure if this is the correct path. Please contact me when you have ... Read more

I need a lawyer to help me with my husband’s 401K, Pension, social securi

Q: My husband passed away 50 days ago at age 66. He took care of everything in the house. I have no idea about his 401K, pension, social security. He passed at age 66. He worked for Rockwell Internati ... Read more

In PA, what happens if someone dies with no will and no relatives?

Q: In other words, he only has relatives by marriage such as nieces, nephews and their offspring. Would these be valid heirs according to the intestate succession law?  A: The PA intestate succes ... Read more

I am a beneficiary to my uncle’s large estate. Executrix is silent.

Q: My great uncle died just over 9 months ago in Allegheny County, PA. The estate is in probate as we speak. The inheritance and estate taxes were paid a week or so ago (estimated inheritance tax paid ... Read more

How do I get the deed in my name?

Q: My husband and I lived in this home over twenty years. He passed away in 2016. His named is the only one on the deed and I I’m trying to get it in my name so I can refinance it. What do I do? ... Read more

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