Tag Archives: probate

Is Your Estate Plan Unfinished? Resolve to Get it Done in 2022.

You probably don’t want to make a resolution that requires you to think about your own mortality and what will happen when you’re gone, but if you haven’t finished your estate plan, it’s definitely something you need to put on your To-Do list for 2022.

Because the reality is that a half-finished estate plan is as...
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A Guide for Understanding the Probate Process

The probate process involves authenticating the deceased individual’s will, assessing the assets, settling debts and taxes, and overseeing the allocation of the inheritance. After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint a valid will's executor to administer the probate process. In the absence of a will, the court will appoint a state administrator to handle...
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What to Do When a Loved One Dies Abroad

A loved one dying can be extremely disorienting and sad regardless of the situation.

However, if your loved one dies abroad, traveling in a foreign country, you can expect that both the emotional burden and bureaucratic burden will increase exponentially.

What to Do First

Contact the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs. If foreign local authorities report a...
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Account Beneficiaries: Why You Should Review Them Regularly

How your accounts are owned has a big impact on your estate plan.

The main objective is usually to ensure that no accounts and property are in only your name when you die.

When property is owned by only one person, they go into probate upon that person’s death. This is a costly, public, and time-consuming court...
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