What Power Does an Executor Have?
If a loved one asks you to be the executor of their estate, think carefully before you take on this responsibility.
What Is Considered an Asset in an Estate?
This is an important question to ask, because the answer could tell you whether you need to worry about estate taxes, beneficiary issues or probate concerns.
What a Will Won’t Accomplish
That last will and testament you have tucked away? It may not be the last word on what happens to your stuff after you are gone. Instead, that legal document’s directives for doling out your wealth may be overruled by other paperwork and relevant laws.
Can I Give My Child Access to My Bank Account? Should I?
Would your loved ones have necessary access to your bank accounts after you die to help carry out your last wishes and handle arrangements?
What Kind of Trust Is Right for You?
Estate planning is a crucial part of any holistic financial plan, and financial advisors often work with estate planning attorneys for guidance in this area.
How Does Probate Work?
A probate judge is an official of the county court system and a judicial official of the state, who decides civil court cases that involve the probate process.
What Is the Primary Purpose of a Credit Shelter Trust?
A credit shelter trust is used to help married couples with significant assets pass their estates after their deaths to children or other beneficiaries without incurring estate taxes.
How Do I Stop Heirs from Foolishly Wasting Inheritance?
One of the biggest concerns a trust creator might have is that the beneficiary would squander their inheritance or that the beneficiary’s creditor would attach the inheritance to cover the beneficiary’s debt.
Do You Need Power of Attorney If You Have a Joint Account?
As you know, a power of attorney (POA) allows another person, the Attorney-in-Fact (AIF), to conduct business on behalf of the principal. The POA authorizes the AIF to sign for and on behalf of the principal.
Do You have to Go through Probate when Someone Dies?
At some point in your life, you may find yourself an administrator, a beneficiary or a creditor of a probate estate. You may even want this information for planning your own estate.