Will & Trust Information


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Both Wills and Trusts are devices which you can use to provide for the distribution of your estate upon your death. Deciding whether a Will or a Trust best fits your needs depends on your circumstances. A Living Trust is a popular alternative to the…

Appointing a Health Care Poxy


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Health Care Proxy A health care proxy, or health care proxy form, is a legal document that allows a person to choose someone to make medical decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so. In some states the person who is authorized…

Irrevocable Trust


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A Trust usually created to achieve some tax benefit, or to provide a vehicle for managing assets of a person the creator believes cannot or should not be managing his or her own property. This trust cannot be changed or reversed by the creator of…

What is a Life Estate


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When a person has a “life estate” in a piece of property (most commonly, a house and the contents within it), he/she enjoys almost the same rights in that property as would an “absolute” owner – but only for his/her life. The idea is best…

What is a Living Will


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A living will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life prolonging medical treatments. It can also be referred to as an advance directive, health care directive, or a physician’s directive. A living will should not…

Revocable Living Trust


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Definition of a Trust In general, a “trust” is a legal entity that is able to own property and other assets. Property can legally be transferred into the trust and have the trust own it. Different trusts have different types of classifications in the law…

The Court Probate Process


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 A. “Probate ” is a court proceeding: It is here that final debts are settled, and legal title to property is formally passed from the decedent to his/her heirs. It is initiated in the county of the decedent’s legal residence at death. Usually, the first…