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How to Build Freedom From Court Interference Into Your Estate Plan

Posted on: February 15th, 2017
If you feel that the matters of your estate should be kept private and that your assets should be distributed to your loved ones rather than eroded by court fees, you’re not alone....

Avoid Living Probate: How to Keep Guardians and Conservators Out of Your Estate

Posted on: February 1st, 2017
There are many ways in which comprehensive estate planning can have a positive impact on your life while you are still around to reap the benefits....

Why a Trust is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate

Posted on: December 1st, 2016
As Ambrose Bierce once darkly observed, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.”...

3 Reasons You Want to Avoid Probate

Posted on: October 15th, 2016
Here are 3 key reasons why you want to avoid probate if at all possible....

Prince’s Sad and Incredibly Expensive Mistake! (Are You Making It, Too?)

Posted on: June 1st, 2016
The news of the unexpected death of music legend Prince, age 57, shocked the world. Prince left a profound, indelible mark as an artist, but tragically, for all his talent, he made a simple error that is creating huge complications for his family....

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

Posted on: March 15th, 2016
The bad news: probated estates are subject to a variety of costs from attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, courts, and state law. The good news: probate costs can be reduced by avoiding probate. It’s really that simple....

Michael Jackson’s Estate Pulled into Seemingly Endless Probate Court Battles

Posted on: February 1st, 2016
Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” had always been a controversial superstar. While Jackson created a trust to care for his children and other family and friends, he never actually funded it. The result? A plan that didn't actually work for him....

Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

Posted on: June 1st, 2015
If you want your home or other real estate to pass to your children or other beneficiaries without probate, then seek the advice of an attorney who is familiar with the probate and real estate laws of the state where your property is located. ...

How to Minimize Legal Fees After Death

Posted on: September 1st, 2014
Today, it is impossible to put together even a simple estate plan without the assistance of an experienced estate planning attorney. Why? Because estate planning laws vary greatly from state to state and these laws are extremely convoluted and constantly changing....

Why Does Probate Take So Long?

Posted on: July 15th, 2014
Probate can be easily avoided, but most estates are dragged through the process. Why? Many people fail to create an estate plan, so probate is required. And - others plan with just a Will, so probate is required. As a result, assets end up at the mercy of a probate judge, open to public scrutiny, and delayed passing to beneficiaries....

Will Your Revocable Living Trust Avoid Probate? It Depends.

Posted on: June 15th, 2014
If you've set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! You're definitely on the right track. But...you're only half way there. Many believe because they took the time to create a Trust, their estate will automatically avoid probate. Unfortunately, this is a false sense of security....
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