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5 Probate Emergencies

Posted on: May 17th, 2017
While some may be tempted to regard estate administration as a checklist, the unique and often unanticipated circumstances that might manifest during probate require careful consideration to ensure that all requirements have been met prior to closing the estate....

Do You Need a Lawyer to Probate a Will?

Posted on: May 12th, 2017
Executors are not legally required to retain a lawyer for estate administration. Many state-provided resources are available to executors. However, when an executor chooses to manage the probate process independently, they increase their chance of errors....

How to Supplement the Protection of Collectible Art

Posted on: May 11th, 2017
The preservation and resources needed to properly maintain collectibles pose distinctively different challenges and liabilities compared to real property, mutual funds, and assets outside of the art world....

Waiting to Distribute Assets in Probate

Posted on: May 9th, 2017
An executor pressured by surviving family to distribute an estate early might be tempted to comply with these requests with the best of intentions. However, the executor might be required to personally pay estate debts if they distribute assets too soon. The personal risk of early distribution is often too great for an executor to oblige....

Protect Your Estate and Assets From a Lawsuit

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017
Few asset protection options remain once a lawsuit or judgment is filed. While some jurisdictions and/or circumstances may allow for some efforts to shield assets in the early stages of a suit, oftentimes actions made after being served are illegal and/or void. ...

What to Know if You’re Executor of a DIY Will

Posted on: April 20th, 2017
Provisions in DIY wills can increase administrative expenses in probate, and can also cause estate administrative problems for executors. ...

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