Tag Archives: probate

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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3 Simple Ways to Avoid Probate Costs

The bad news: When a deceased person’s estate (which is simply a term referring to all of their money and property) has to go through probate (the court-supervised process of distributing a deceased person’s money and property), it can be subject to a variety of costs stemming from attorneys, executors, appraisers, accountants, courts, and state...
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Yearly Checkups: Physical and Financial Wellbeing

Hopefully you go to your doctor at least once a year to get a physical.

This visit helps detect and treat problems before an illness or health condition becomes a major problem. It’s called preventative health. But have you ever considered preventative health for your finances? Just like it’s important to see your doctor annually, it’s...
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When is probate necessary?

Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term “probate”.

Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in the name of the deceased person. Probate is governed by state law.  

Avoiding...

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