Ideally, when someone creates a Last Will and Testament he/she discusses the appointment of the Personal Representative (formerly referred to as "Executor" or "Executrix") with the prospective Personal Representative before making the appointment official and executing the Will. In reality, however, that doesn’t always happen. Consequently, it is not uncommon for a grieving loved one to find out that they have been appointed to administer the estate of the decedent. If you … [Read more...] about Top 5 Executor Duties
When you create your estate plan, you normally identify several important goals and objectives you want it to accomplish. One of the most important estate planning goals is to avoid probate. Although every estate plan is unique, there are common tools and strategies you may choose to avoid probate in your own estate plan. Why Should I Try to Avoid Probate? Avoiding probate is a common estate planning goal for several reasons. First, if your estate goes through probate, all the terms of … [Read more...] about Tools and Strategies to Avoid Probate
When a loved one passes away, the loss you feel can be overwhelming and debilitating for an indeterminate amount of time afterward. Typically, you at least have the luxury of working through your grief on your own schedule. If you were also named as the Executor in the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, however, you must set aside your grief to some extent because your loved one is counting on you to handle the administration of his/her estate. If this is your first time overseeing the probate … [Read more...] about Things for a First-Time Executor to Consider
The world lost its “Rhinestone Cowboy” last year when country music legend Glen Campbell passed away on August 8, 2017. Known for songs like "Gentle On My Mind," “Galveston," and “Wichita Lineman," Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and was married to his fourth wife, Kimberly Campbell, at the time of his death. He was survived by eight children. At the time of his death, Campbell was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which plagues one in three seniors aaccording … [Read more...] about Glen Campbell’s Children Contest Will After Being Cut Out
Probate lawyers at Parman & Easterday provide personalized help to all those who going through probate. We represent those who has been named as executor of an estate, the heirs or beneficiaries of an estate, and even those who believe a last will and testament doesn't accurately reflect the wishes of the deceased and should be contested. While probate can be long and stressful for everyone involved, those who serve as executor of an estate have primary responsibility for the … [Read more...] about What Probate Lawyers Wish Executors Knew
Probate attorneys at Parman & Easterday can provide you with help during the probate process. The probate process is the legal process that must take place following most deaths. The process occurs in court and ensures the affairs of the estate of the deceased person (decedent) are concluded appropriately in accordance with the law. The executor of an estate, who is appointed to oversee the probate process, along with heirs or beneficiaries, … [Read more...] about Key Reasons to Get Legal Help with Probate
Probate attorneys assist with the transfer of assets during probate, which can take a year or more to complete, according to Investopedia. Many different steps are involved and complications may emerge. An issue that frequently arises in probates is what happens when money or property is left to someone underage. Generally, a minor under 18 is not legally able to inherit and manage his or her own money. This means special steps must be taken … [Read more...] about What If Money Is Left To A Minor?
Probate lawyers provide assistance throughout the entirety of the probate process. It is important when you are creating your estate plan to take steps to try to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as it can for your loved ones. The process can be both time consuming and expensive. If problems arise, probate will become even more difficult for your family and friends after you have passed on. There are many different steps you can take to try to make probate go more smoothly, and an … [Read more...] about Why It’s Important For Your Family To Know Where Your Assets Are
Ancillary probate is a secondary probate proceeding that takes place in a different location from that in which the deceased person (the decedent) lived. Ancillary probate is necessary if someone owns property in two or more different states. It makes the probate process more complicated and makes things more difficult for the executor of an estate. Parman & Easterday provides assistance with ancillary probate. If you are the executor, heir or beneficiary of someone who owns … [Read more...] about What Is Ancillary Probate?
When someone passes away (the "decedent") and leaves a last will and testament, you generally have to probate the will. If there is no will, then the estate may have to go through an intestate probate to determine who will inherit. Probate can be a time consuming process. There are some things that cause delays and make the process take even longer. An executor of an estate should hire an experienced probate lawyer to provide assistance during the probate process and move the … [Read more...] about Reasons For Delay When You Probate a Will