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Can You Prevent Your Will from Being Contested?
Burial

Next Steps When Your Spouse Dies

Here is a list, in no particular order, of what needs to be done after someone passes to help you during this difficult time.

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Ask Mom If She Has A Will
Blended Family

Ask Mom If She Has A Will

My mother told me many times over the years that she had a will, and I believed her. When she passed away, we discovered that her will was 40 years old—and completely useless.

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Having No Estate Plan Is Scary!
Competency

Co-Executor Won’t Abide by Father’s Will

My father left his house to me and my sister. However, 75% is supposed to be for me and 25% for her. Because she feels that was unfair, she’s fighting with me about selling the house.

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What Happens When Inheritances are Unequal?
Capacity

Left Out Of A Will?

Being disinherited or left out of a will is the last thing you want to discover in the wake of losing a loved one. Although it can be very hurtful to not be included, the fact that a person is disinherited does not necessarily indicate foul play.

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What Is an Estate Plan?
Administration

Who Can Remove House Contents when Someone Dies?

It is quite a tragedy when a loved one passes away. You may want to remember them by keeping sentimental objects from their home, or perhaps they wanted you to inherit a specific item.

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Can You Prevent Your Will from Being Contested?
Asset Protection

What Are the Responsibilities of an Executor?

If a loved one asks you to be the executor of their estate, think carefully before you take on this responsibility. While you have the option of declining the request, the person reaching out likely considers you to be responsible and detail oriented. An executor of an estate typically helps file paperwork, close accounts and distribute the assets of the deceased.

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Can You Prevent Your Will from Being Contested?
Beneficiaries

Do I Need an Attorney for Probate?

A competent elder law or estate attorney can discuss and use, where appropriate, such provisions as the family exemption, benefits to prepaying inheritance tax, even where the tax return is not yet complete and a listing of itemized deductions.

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Differences between Probate Assets and Non-Probate Assets
Beneficiary Designation

Probate Assets and Non-Probate Assets

Non-probate assets are those assets which do not go into an estate when the owner dies.

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Can You Prevent Your Will from Being Contested?
Beneficiaries

How Does a Will Work after Death?

Every estate plan should include three essential documents: a durable general power of attorney, a healthcare power of attorney and a last will and testament. Of the three essential estate planning documents, the will is the only document that is used after death.

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Can You Prevent Your Will from Being Contested?
Assets

How Does Probate Work?

There is a general understanding that every adult should have a last will and testament. However, for most people, exactly how that will is used remains a mystery.

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