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Who Can Remove House Contents when Someone Dies?
Estate Planning

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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How To Conduct an Estate Inventory
Estate Planning

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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How To Conduct an Estate Inventory
Estate Planning

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
Estate Planning

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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How To Conduct an Estate Inventory
Estate Planning

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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How To Conduct an Estate Inventory
Probate

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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Understanding Probate
Estate Planning

Understanding Probate

A will is a legal document that spells out the distribution of your assets and how your children will be cared for at your death. Probate is a process used to prove a decedent’s will is valid and to supervise the handling of their estate.

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Disney Grandson's Inheritance Woes
Estate Planning

Disney Grandson’s Inheritance Woes

An appellate judge dubs probate court ‘the Unhappiest Place on Earth,’ as Disney heir Bradford Lund has lost an appeal stemming from his fight to claim his fortune.

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Estate Planning Meets Tax Planning
Estate Planning

Beneficiary on a Bank Account vs. on the Will

Beneficiaries, in general, are people or entities that the holder of an account designates to receive the assets in the account, typically, in the event of the account holder’s death.

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Retirement Planning For the 50+ Crowd
Estate Planning

Do’s and Don’ts of a Will

In general, a last will and testament is an easy and straightforward way to state who gets what when you die and name a guardian for your minor children.

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