What are Intestacy Laws

What are Intestacy Laws

Intestacy is defined as the state of dying without having a will.  The estate of any individual who dies intestate (i.e. dies without leaving a will behind) must go through the probate court.  The intestacy laws of the state will then determine who will be the...
What Happens When There is no Will or Trust in Place

What Happens When There is no Will or Trust in Place

If you die without having created and signed a will, it means that you have died ‘intestate.’  If this happens, the intestacy laws of the state where you currently reside dictate the way in which your property is divided after you pass away.  This includes...
What Happens With Social Security Benefits When Someone Dies

What Happens With Social Security Benefits When Someone Dies

Social Security payments are distributed on the third day of every month as payment for the prior month.  Therefore, a Social Security recipient must have lived the entire month to be entitled to the payment.  If the recipient dies on July 26, the payment received on...
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...