Do All Wills Go Through Probate

Do All Wills Go Through Probate

When people hear the word probate, visions of drawn out, expensive court proceedings often come to mind.  However, this really is not the typical case.  Probate is often a simple procedure, taking six months or less, in which a judge ultimately gives legal permission...
Do I Need Both a Will and a Trust

Do I Need Both a Will and a Trust

If you have a have a trust, do you also need a will?  Even if you transfer the majority of your property through a living trust or other estate planning tool, you should also have a will.  Without a will, any property that isn’t passed along to beneficiaries by those...
What’s an Estate Final Accounting

What’s an Estate Final Accounting

An estate final accounting is the last step in the process of closing an estate and distributing the assets.  The process and forms required differ from state to state so it is important to check on the particulars required for your state.  The estate’s final...
How to Discuss End of Life Estate Planning with Your Parent(s)

How to Discuss End of Life Estate Planning with Your Parent(s)

This is not at the top of our list of conversations we want to have with our parents, but it is a necessary one.  With the right preparation, the conversation should be easier to start and here is a step-by-step guide to help through the process. Step 1:  Do Your...