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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[...]

Donate your Body

Body donation is the donating of the whole body after death for medical research and examination. Formerly only offered to medical schools it has since expanded to include private programs. Body donation is a useful process for understanding the human body. Whole embalmed bodies are often used for research in anatomy and burial or cremation costs are covered by the institution[...]

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[...]

I Leave My Coin Collection To...

Having less authority than handwritten wills, oral wills are recognized in certain states but not many. While on his or her deathbed a person may leave oral instructions in lieu of a conventional will. Generally these wills are given in haste, opening up the possibility for errors.While disappointed relatives can contend that the decedent was not of sound mind and body or that someone[...]

What Happens To Your Children When You Both Die?

Would you want your children left with a relative who doesn't want them or raised by a relative who you would never have chosen? Your children could face court battles and may even be placed in the foster care system unless you name a legal guardian in your legal will. Bottom line is that a judge,[...]
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