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The Functions of a Will

The Functions of a Will

The legally binding directive declaring who will receive your assets upon death is called a will, and a will is a significant element of a complete estate plan. If you die without one (intestate), the state will distribute your assets…

Leaving Property and Per Stirpes

Leaving Property and Per Stirpes

The phrase is Latin and it is “per stirpes,” often mistaken for “per stripes”, like a zebra. Some bits of property law are extremely ancient in origin and this is one of them.   Most people want their property to…

How a Letter of Instruction Can Help your Estate Plan

How a Letter of Instruction Can Help your Estate Plan

Whether you have an estate plan in place or are starting from scratch, a letter of instruction (LOI) is an important part of any comprehensive plan. A letter of instruction can help your loved ones manage important information about you.…

Breaking down the Probate Process

Breaking down the Probate Process

Probate is the legal process for authenticating a deceased person's will, reviewing their assets, paying their outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing what remains to their inheritors. Probate law varies by state, but there are steps in the process that…

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