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Estate Planning for a Blended Family

With almost all step families, one spouse or the other will bring a child or children with them, creating a blended family. While this is an exciting, fulfilling and rarely dull prospect to a second marriage, it can at times present special challenges when it comes to estate planning.It is important to identify goals and concerns, discuss matters with your spouse, plan for all children[...]

How Does The Probate Process Work?

After your death, the person named in the will as your executor files papers in the local probate court to prove the validity of the will. When the executor files will, they will also present the court with a list of your property, debts and who is to inherit what is left. It is after this information is presented and officiated that creditors and relatives are notified.During the[...]

A Café to Die For

Located in the crypt of a central London Church, for two nights only, one café will serve the most deadly delicacies known around the world as part of a campaign to encourage more people to leave a gift to a charity in their wills – after all, what can be more influential, than someone who could be about to eat their last meal.Café De Mort is the quirky and potentially deadly new[...]

International Wills

In 1973, a number of nations signed up to the Convention providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will, otherwise known as the Washington Convention.This law which describes circumstances in which a person who has prepared a will moves to another country, province or state, or where the testator owns property in a foreign jurisdiction. Since conflicts between the laws of[...]

The Executor Checklist

1. Determine if probate is necessary:Depending on the size of the estate, it is important to decide if probate is necessary.2. Decide if you need a lawyer:For estates with a number of properties, significant tax liabilities, or the potential for disputes among inheritors, the assistance of a lawyer may prove beneficial as they can act as a coach in answering legal questions that may[...]
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