Category Archives: Estate Planning & Probate Law

Choosing A Corporate Trustee

The decision to entrust a family member or friend with assets intended for the benefit of a loved one can be quite difficult. Even more challenging is the choice of a corporate trustee, a corporation formed for the purpose of exercising trust powers. But for sizeable trusts which may require significant effort to manage or […]

How to Avoid Probate

Assets disposed of outside the probate process are part of the non-probate estate. Because a probate proceeding is not required, these assets are distributed more quickly to the appropriate beneficiaries. Many people seek out these assets and ownership models to save their loved ones from the difficulties associated with going through probate. If you are […]

What Is the Role of An Executor of Will?

An executor is the person named by the creator of the will (the testator) to carry out the terms and provisions of the will. In addition to locating important documents and notifying Social Security, pension providers, annuity providers and other entities of the death, the executor has numerous other legal responsibilities. The executor’s legal responsibilities […]

The Probate Process

Probate is the court process used to determine the validity of a will and oversee the payment of creditors and distribution of estate assets. Even if there is no valid will at the time of death, the estate will still go through the probate procedure. Since probate is regulated by state laws, there are specific […]

Probate and Estate Planning: An Overview

Estate administration refers to the process of probating the estate of a decedent, which generally includes collecting, inventorying and appraising assets; paying and collecting debts; filing and paying estate taxes; and distributing any remaining assets to beneficiaries. An attorney experienced in probate and estate administration can help simplify this complicated process. If you need help […]