If you don’t do your estate planning, the State will plan for you using the Law of Intestacy. Could the state decide your inheritance?
Many people wonder, what are beneficiaries. They also wonder why, even though the will or trust names them as beneficiaries, they get nothing. The reasons are surprising. Definition The definition of beneficiary is someone who is entitled to receive some kind...
Death Certificate A death certificate is an official document from a government agency stating that someone died. It is important to know who is legally alive and who is legally dead. If someone is dead, and you don’t have a death certificate for that person,...
An Executor must communicate with all the beneficiaries; however if there is no probate, no one is ever notified.
Disinherited If a loved one dies and the Last Will says you get everything, why were you disinherited? The most common reason for you to be disinherited is because the assets were transferred to someone else by operation of law. Operation of Law ...
What is a Quiet Title? A quiet title action is needed when a piece of real estate has been in the family for many generations, and the legal title to the real estate is in the name of deceased ancestor. The quiet title action is used to transfer the real...
Let’s see. In Arizona we don’t use the term executor, instead we use the term Personal Representative. A Personal Representative is appointed by the Court to act on behalf of the deceased person. When the Personal Representative is appointed they have three jobs.
Probate, quite simply, is the process by which the court determines the legal property of a person who has died, and decides to whom those assets will be distributed. It sounds like it should be simple, but somehow, unfortunately, probate is hardly ever simple. Even...
Losing a spouse may be one of the most difficult life events that any of us have to deal with. A spouse is a parenting partner, a co-CFO, a best friend and a beloved soul mate. Losing the person who supports you in so many ways can create an emptiness which can be...
When someone creates a will or a trust of course they want to choose a dependable and trustworthy person as executor or trustee. For most people this means someone close to them—a family member or friend, or often the most responsible of their adult children. However,...
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