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Probate: What Is It, And Should You Avoid It?
  • Published: November 14, 2018

Surely you’ve heard the term “probate”– but for most people it may sound like an alien term. What is it? And why does it seem like people want to avoid it? PROBATE is, according to Merriam-Webster, the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and…Read More

What Happens When Farmers Or Ranch Owners Don’t Have The Mental Capacity To Make Important Decisions?
  • Published: July 6, 2018

According to a 2016 study by Oregon State University and Portland State University, the average age of farmers and ranchers is now 60. An estimated 10 million acres of farmland will change ownership over the next 20 years, making farm succession and estate planning that much more critical. The Salem, Oregon Capital Press asks in its article, “Mental competence a key factor in…Read More

What To Do When A Family Member Passes Away
  • Published: July 4, 2018

When a person dies, and after his or her family members have dealt with their initial emotions, the real work begins, according to Kiplinger in the article “5 Things to Do the Moment a Loved One Passes Away.” If you know you are named as executor of the will, take these steps to be sure that the named beneficiaries receive as much of…Read More

What If Mom or Dad Die Without a Will?
  • Published: June 26, 2018

A recent Wealth Advisor article asks a very practical question you may face someday: “Your Parent Didn't Have A Will: What Should You Do Now?” For starters, the article advises you to make a diligent search for a will, when a parent passes away. That includes a look through your parent’s paper records and file cabinets. You should also speak with their good friends…Read More

Paying For An Estate Planning Attorney Is Worth The Expense
  • Published: June 25, 2018

Working with an elder law or estate planning attorney may be one of the best investments a person can make, reports in its article, “Why an estate planning attorney is worth the money.” You need to make sure that all of your documents are in order. This is not an easy thing to do on your own. With properly prepared estate planning documents,…Read More

Dispute Continues Over Trust Created By The Late Alan Thicke
  • Published: June 8, 2018

After Alan Thicke passed away from a ruptured aorta in 2016, his sons Robin and Brennan were named co-trustees of his estate, according to TMZ. Fox News reports in its story, “Alan Thicke's widow claims late actor's sons are spending trust, keeping her from inheritance” that Alan Thicke's wife Tanya Callau feels the brothers are leaving her out of the loop and are…Read More

Kansas Court Says Boss’ Will Change To Benefit Employee A Fake
  • Published: May 10, 2018

The Kansas Court of Appeals recently upheld a 2016 ruling by Senior Judge William “Buck” Lyle that the codicil, or addition, to Hays millionaire Earl O. Field’s will was fraudulent. The will moved the majority of his estate to his employee Wanda Oborny. Wealth Advisor reports in the story “Kansas Bookkeeper Loses Claim On $20M Boss Estate” that the Court of Appeals found…Read More

The DJ Casey Kasem’s Daughter Speaks On Elder Abuse Awareness
  • Published: April 30, 2018

A petition was recently filed in San Diego probate court, through an attorney, by the family of James Donald Hess. They accused his new wife and former caregiver of "physically and verbally abusing him and asserting undue influence over him." ABC 10 News San Diego reports in its story, “Family questions elderly father's marriage to caregiver,” that Don Hess isn’t in the best…Read More

Estate Planning Is Critical, Especially With The New Tax Law
  • Published: April 20, 2018

The new tax law will greatly decreases the number of people who will be subject to the federal estate tax. This does not mean you don’t need an estate plan. In fact, you need to review your plan now. Forbes’ recent article, “7 Reasons To Revisit Your Estate Plan, Trump Tax Law Aside,” says that even if one’s estate is unlikely to be…Read More

  • Published: April 19, 2018

Judge John M. Bailey of the Court of Appeals of Texas recently wrote the opinion in the Court’s decision in the case of “In the Estate of Mathis,” which involved a dispute arising from mediated family settlement agreement. Michael Mathis appealed a decision from a contested probate proceeding that was resolved by a mediated family settlement agreement and mutual release. The decedent,…Read More

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