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Why Two Heads May Be Better Than One In Estate Planning

We rely on our friends, family, and colleagues to help us through life’s challenges.

The people we trust can also be incredibly important when arranging an estate plan. It is critical to appoint a fiduciary to act on your behalf and carry out your wishes should you become incapacitated or pass away. The fiduciary is legally...
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Why Probate Takes So Long and How to Avoid It

After a loved one dies, their money and property must be distributed to the right people, either according to their will or the state’s default distribution scheme.

Even if you are staying on top of the process, probate can take a minimum of 12 months and sometimes stretches out for years – yes, years. These delays...
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Your Nosy Neighbor Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really.

Most people think of probate (the process of collecting, managing, and distributing a deceased person’s money and property) as a private process.

However, because wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become a matter of public record. That means your nosy neighbor can simply go down to the courthouse or hop online and find out...
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