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Julie Garber

Updated Articles and Resources

By Julie Garber

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Should You Write Your Own Will? Created: Saturday, April 04, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      Should you write your own will? Probably not. Here's why.
    • What is an Estate Planning Attorney? Created: Saturday, March 14, 2009 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      An estate planning attorney is an attorney who, through years of mentoring, continuing legal education and experience, understands how to advise clients on getting their affairs in order to prepare for the possibility of mental disability and eventual death.
    • How to Minimize Estate Taxes Created: Sunday, May 04, 2008 Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014
      While the federal estate tax was originally repealed in 2010, it came back retroactively and remains in effect today. Many states also assess estate taxes and/or inheritance taxes. For people whose...
    • The Three Hassles of Probate Created: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Probate is usually easy to avoid, and yet many people don't do anything to avoid it. Here you will learn about three reasons why probate is such a hassle and should be avoided.
    • What is Probate? Created: Monday, February 25, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Probate is the court-supervised process of settling a deceased person's final affairs. Learn about all of the steps required to probate an estate here.
    • What Are the Top 6 Estate Planning Myths? Created: Saturday, June 11, 2011 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      During my years of practice as an estate planning attorney, I came across many misconceptions about wills, trusts, probate and estate taxes. Read on to find out what I consider to be the top six e...
    • Archive of 2014 Weekly Wills & Estate Planning Newsletters Created: Sunday, January 05, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      2014 Weekly Wills and Estate Planning Newsletters
    • What is Elder Law? Created: Monday, September 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Elder law has become a hot topic in recent years as baby boomers continue to age and their parents live well in their 90s. Learn about all of the different legal issues addressed by elder law.
    • Who Gets a Copy of a Will After the Testator Dies? Created: Saturday, December 06, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      When someone dies, there are not any laws in the U.S. that require the "reading of the will" in front of the deceased person's heirs. Nonetheless, certain heirs are entitled to receive a copy of the will so that they can read it on their own. Find out who here.
    • How to Use a Transfer on Death Deed or Beneficiary Deed to Avoid Probate Created: Thursday, November 11, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      How a transfer on death (or TOD) deed or affidavit, also called a beneficiary deed or affidavit or an enhanced life estate deed, can be used to avoid probate is fairly straightforward. Learn how this type of deed or affidavit works here.
    • How to Choose the Right Estate Planning Attorney Created: Sunday, December 04, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      When it comes to locating and hiring the right attorney to assist you with meeting your estate planning goals, there are several factors you will need to consider. Learn what they are here.
    • Overview of Kentucky Inheritance Tax Laws Created: Saturday, February 23, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Kentucky is only one of six states that collect an inheritance tax, as opposed to an estate tax, at the state level. Learn all about the Kentucky inheritance tax laws here.
    • Dying Without a Will in Delaware Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      When someone dies without a will in Delaware the intestacy laws found in the Delaware Code will dictate who will inherit the deceased person's estate. Here you will find a summary of the laws of intestacy succession in Delaware.
    • Dying Without a Will in Connecticut Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      When someone dies without a will in Connecticut, the intestacy laws found in the Connecticut Statutes will dictate who will inherit the deceased person's estate. Here you will find a summary of the laws of intestacy succession in Connecticut.
    • Dying Without a Will in Alabama Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      When someone dies without a will in Alabama, the intestacy laws found in the Alabama Code will dictate who will inherit the deceased person's estate. Here you will find a summary of the laws of intestacy succession in Alabama.
    • What Happens to a Payable on Death Account When the Owner Dies? Created: Saturday, January 31, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Payable on death accounts, known as POD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Learn about all of the tax and other consequences of inheriting a POD account here.
    • What Happens to a Transfer on Death Account When the Owner Dies? Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Transfer on death accounts, known as TOD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Learn about all of the tax and other consequences of inheriting a TOD account here.
    • Pros and Cons of Using Payable on Death Accounts to Avoid Probate Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Payable on death accounts, or POD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Find out if a POD account is right for you.
    • Pros and Cons of Using Transfer on Death Accounts to Avoid Probate Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Transfer on death accounts, or TOD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Find out if a TOD account is right for you.
    • What is a Transfer on Death, or TOD, Account? Created: Monday, September 05, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Transfer on death accounts, known as TOD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate. Learn all you need to know about TOD accounts here.
    • What is a Payable on Death, or POD, Account? Created: Monday, September 05, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Payable on death accounts, also known as POD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate. Learn all you need to know about POD accounts here.
    • Problems With Using Joint and Payable on Death Accounts to Avoid Probate Created: Saturday, May 10, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      While joint accounts and payable on death accounts are an easy way to avoid probate, they can nonetheless lead to gifting issues and other unintended consequences.
    • Overview of Types of Property Ownership Created: Sunday, February 22, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      There are only three ways to own property. Here you will find a summary of each type of ownership and what will happen to the property after you die.
    • What is a Probate Lawyer and What Does a Probate Lawyer Do? Created: Thursday, March 12, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      A probate lawyer is a state licensed attorney who assists Personal Representatives and estate beneficiaries with all of the steps required to settle the final affairs of a deceased person.
    • What is a Probate Judge and What Does a Probate Judge Do? Created: Saturday, November 08, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      A probate judge is a state court official who is in charge of overseeing the probate process in his or her local jurisdiction. Learn about what a probate judge does on a day to day basis here.
    • What is Probate of a Will? Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Probate is the state court process used to authenticate a Last Will and Testament. Learn how probate of a Last Will works here.
    • What Laws Govern Probate of a Will in the United States? Created: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 19, 2014
      Probate is the court-supervised process required to validate a Last Will and Testament and settle a deceased person's final affairs. Learn about the laws that govern probate in the United States here.
    • Do You Really Need a Revocable Living Trust? Created: Saturday, July 20, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Do you really need a Revocable Living Trust as part of your estate plan? Ask yourself the five questions listed in this article to determine the answer.
    • How to Keep Your Estate Plan Private Created: Thursday, November 24, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Who you want to inherit your estate and who you want to put in charge of settling your final affairs should be private, personal matters, not something for the whole world to know. Learn how to keep your estate plan private and away from the public's prying eyes.
    • Dying Without a Will in Georgia Created: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      When someone dies without a will in Georgia, the intestacy laws found in the Georgia Code will dictate who will inherit the deceased person's estate. Here you will find a summary of the laws of intestacy succession in Georgia.
    • A Crash Course in Estate Planning Created: Saturday, June 16, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Estate planning is a complex subject that can be better understood by breaking it down into seven fundamental concepts.
    • What Are the Essential Estate Planning Documents? Created: Monday, February 25, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Estate planning is about legally organizing your affairs to deal with the possibility of mental incapacity and certain death. Depending on your current family and financial situations, your estate plan will include four or five essential legal documents.

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