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When someone dies survivors are left to close out their affairs. Usually, it involves a process known as probate. Probate is the court supervision of a deceased person’s estate. It can be a complicated legal process that always involves the court but usually lawyers, judges, and complex. The process can take from several months to several years to fully resolve.
If you have recently bought a house, inherited money, divorced, married, growing a family, then creating or updating your estate plan should be your goal. The best estate plan enables you to reduce estate taxes, minimize estate expenses, choose power of attorney (agents) and estate administrators and trustees.
A general power of attorney gives broad powers to a person or organization (known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on your behalf. These powers include handling financial and business transactions, buying life insurance, settling claims, operating business interests, making gifts, and employing professional help.
When you are buying property, you also need to choose how you are going to hold title. Co-buyers can take title as joint tenants with right of survivorship or tenants in common. Our specializations range from matters related to mortgage documents to disputes over
property transfer documentation.
Courts appoint guardians, or conservators, to protect the interests of elderly or incapacitated individuals. During the proceeding, the individual has the right to attend, confront witnesses, and present evidence. If the court appoints a guardian, the guardian is encouraged to respect the ward's wishes and give the ward as much autonomy as possible, i.e., least restrictive measures.
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