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Use of Trusts in Estate Planning


A trust is created when a property owner (the settlor) transfers legal title of assets to a person (the trustee) who has the duty to hold and manage the assets…

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How You Can Avoid Probate


An estate planning attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons of probate and give you an idea of the probate costs and time frames in your jurisdiction. If…

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Should You Avoid Probate?


One of the many decisions you will need to make about your estate plan is whether you want to avoid probate. Probate is the legal process for settling an estate…

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Why You Need An Estate Plan


Everyone needs an estate plan, not just the super-wealthy. Estate planning is planning for the orderly distribution of your property to your heirs. But it encompasses much more. Estate planning…

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Can You Prepare Your Own Estate Plan?


The prevalence of do-it-yourself options for drafting estate planning documents leads many people to wonder whether they can prepare their own estate plans.  For all but the simplest estates, however,…

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Everyone Needs a Will


Every adult should have a will.  If you die without a will, state intestacy law will likely determine who inherits your property.  These rules are exactly the same for everybody,…

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