Archive - August 2019

How does Joint Tenancy affect a Will?

Joint tenancy with right of survivorship (JTWROS) is a common legal method of defining property ownership when shared with another person, but it doesn’t replace a will...

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How are taxes handled in probate?

For federal and state tax purposes, death triggers two events: (1) It ends the decedent’s last tax year for purposes of filing an income tax return, and, (2) It...

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How can I avoid probate of my estate?

One approach to reduce or eliminate the need for probate is through the use of a Living Trust that holds legal title to some or all of your property at the time of your...

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How can a will be contested?

A “contest” is usually mounted by the filing of the necessary documents with the probate court by an heir, prospective heir or another beneficiary. Each state has...

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What if someone objects to the will?

If someone files an objection to the Will or produces another Will, what is known as a “Will contest” has begun. While Will contests are not that rare, and while few...

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