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Julie Garber

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By Julie Garber

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    • 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.
    • Archive of 2014 Weekly Wills & Estate Planning Newsletters Created: Sunday, January 05, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      2014 Weekly Wills and Estate Planning Newsletters
    • 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.
    • How Often Should You Review Your Estate Plan? Created: Sunday, April 27, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Once you have your estate plan up and running, your estate planning shouldn't stop there. Day in and day out things will happen that will affect your estate plan. Here's what and what to do about it.
    • Top 6 Reasons for Updating Your Estate Plan Created: Saturday, August 30, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Many estate planning attorneys contact their clients regularly through an annual review and maintenance program to insure that their clients' plans are kept up to date. Since not all estate planni...
    • Top 5 Reasons Why You Need an Estate Plan Created: Sunday, April 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Why do you need an estate plan? Here's five reasons why.
    • How to Choose a Personal Representative Created: Sunday, July 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Serving as a "Personal Representative" or "Executor" is a huge responsibility and time consuming burden. But with the help of your estate planning attorney, you should be able to choose the right ...
    • 10 Steps to Creating a Good Estate Plan Created: Sunday, August 10, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Estate planning is a process that consists of ten distinct steps. Learn what these steps are so that you, along with help from your estate planning attorney, can create a good estate plan.
    • 4 Tips for Getting Started on Your Estate Plan Created: Saturday, April 26, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Once you've assessed your need for an estate plan and selected an attorney to work with, you'll need to create your foundational estate plan. In order to put your foundational estate plan together,...
    • How to Choose Your Successor Trustees Created: Saturday, November 15, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Serving as the successor Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust, whether due to the Trustmaker's disability or death, is a huge responsibility and time consuming burden, but with the help of your esta...
    • Transfer on Death Deed Created: Thursday, October 14, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Transfer on Death Deed. Wills & Estate Planning.
    • How to Obtain Copies of Probate Documents in Miami-Dade County, Florida Created: Sunday, April 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      If you are interested in reviewing the information about a probate estate and obtaining copies of probate court documents, many courts now have this information posted for free online. Here you wi...
    • Exemption From Federal Estate Taxes: 1916 - 1997 Created: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      The federal estate tax has been around in some shape or form since 1916. Here you will find a chart that shows historical estate tax exemptions and rates from 1916 through 1997."
    • Estate Taxes by State - Does Colorado Have an Estate Tax? Created: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Does Colorado collect an estate tax? The answer is no, Colorado currently does not collect an estate tax, although things were different prior to January 1,

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