Last Will & Testament Articles

  • How to Find Out if a Loved One Had a Will

    Family members are often stumped when it comes to locating a loved one’s will after they have passed away. Use these tips to locate this legal document so you can begin the probate process.

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  • Can You Change or Cancel a Will?

    People, families and finances change over time, and these changes should be reflected in one’s estate-planning documents. Consult an elder law attorney about your options for updating or revoking a will to ensure your wishes are followed.

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  • 4 Reasons to Review Your Will

    Most people mistakenly believe that creating a will is a one-time task, but estate-planning documents should be reviewed regularly to ensure they still reflect your wishes.

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  • When mom dies, how can I avoid her estate going into probate?

    The primary purpose of a will is disposition of property. Assets in your mother's estate may or may not be subject to probate, depending on how ownership is designated.

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  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • Take the Guesswork out of Funeral Arrangements

    Frank discussions about final arrangements are wise to have at any age. Use these strategies to broach the subject and develop comprehensive funeral plans for yourself and your aging loved ones.

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  • Estate Tax Q and A for Family Caregivers

    Taxes are an important element to consider when engaging in estate planning. Discover the answers to 5 key estate tax questions.

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  • Why Elder Law Attorneys Aren’t Just for Seniors

    Working with an attorney who specializes in legal planning for older and disabled individuals gives senior clients peace of mind and allows their family members to understand and accept their roles and responsibilities before they must act on them.

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  • Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust or POA?

    It is crucial to engage in proper legal planning with family members while they are still of sound mind. An elder law attorney outlines competency criteria that must be met in order to obtain valid legal documents before a crisis strikes.

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  • 5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Explore issues with POA, guardianship, elder abuse and why it's important to enlist the help of an elder law attorney in a senior's care planning.

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  • Ethical Wills Lend Clarity to Caregivers and Serenity to Seniors

    An ethical will, also known as a legacy letter, is a way to record and pass on your values, beliefs, faith, life lessons, love and forgiveness. For many of us, this is as close as we will ever get to being able to discern the wishes and whims of our predecessors.

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  • What is a Will and Why Should Every Senior Have One?

    A will is a legal document that indicates how you want your assets to be distributed upon death. Here is more information on what a will contains and how to write a will.

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  • Married Couples Should Update Their Will to Avoid Medicaid Misery

    This path of inheritance is the normal distribution under many states' "intestacy statute" (the law setting forth the distribution of the property of a decedent with no will).

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  • Can someone who has POA draw money out of bank accounts after the person dies?

    When "principal" (the person signing the the power of attorney) dies, the POA is no longer valid and terminates. To draw money from the account, you must have a different type of legal authority.

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