Wills, Trusts and Probate Law

Probate attorneys handling wills, trusts, and estate administration must typically advise their clients on matters such as beneficiary designation, how to form a life estate in property, what will happen to property if your client fails to make an estate plan, and more. FindLaw’s Corporate Counsel Center Law Library has law articles written to help you better understand specific estate planning techniques and when to consider forming a trust on your client’s behalf. If your client needs a living will or an advance health care directive, click on the articles below to help inform your research and learn the requirements of each state, such as the number of witnesses necessary and who can be designated as a health care surrogate.
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law Articles
    • Alternatives to Florida Guardianship: Advantages and Disadvantages
      One of the major substantive changes to Florida Guardianship Law which was brought about by the October 1989 legislative revisions, was the requirement that there be no least restrictive available alternative to guardianship, before the court could ...

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    • Avoiding D.O.D. Syndrome in Your In-House Legal Career
      One of the most poignant memories I have as a corporate lawyer is, unfortunately, also one of the most unpleasant. I was a senior associate in a large Wall Street firm in New York City, working on a small transaction for one of the premiere ...

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    • Charitable Giving Opportunities
      The purpose of this article is to address the many benefits that charitable giving provides - from income and estate tax savings to fulfilling personal and charitable goals. Assume a client has accumulated a $3,000,000 estate. The client expresses ...

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    • Changes in Probate Laws: What They Are and What They Mean for You
      In 1993 and again in 1995 attempts to change probate laws and expedite the probate process were made; however, unsuccessful. Finally, in 1997, in an effort to bring Nevada laws in tune with the Uniform Probate Code, a bill was passed, which became ...

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    • A Comparison of Wills and Trusts
      Article provided by the Prince Law Firm. Please visit our Web site at www.probateprince.com. There are several key differences between wills and trusts as instruments created to transfer property, making each desirable for different reasons ...

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    • Buy/Sell Agreement Critical for Business Owners
      If your estate includes a business or and interest in a business, you should have a buy/sell agreement. Buy/sell agreements, which require or allow the company or the remaining shareholders to purchase the interest of an owner who dies or leaves the ...

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    • But Why Do I Need A Will? The Great Love Story
      Many people insist that they do not need, or want, a Will...If you do not make a Will, your property will be distributed to the persons, and in the order, specifically provided in the intestacy laws of Florida. If you intended to leave specific ...

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    • Call Your Attorney for A Legal Checkup
      Most people are familiar with the concept of an annual medical examination. Very few people, however, regularly review their legal and financial affairs with their attorney. Changes in one's family or financial situation coupled with changes in the ...

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    • Canadian Income Trusts: An Alternative to Liquidity for US Businesses
      During 2002, a number of US businesses seeking liquidity for their shareholders or funding for other needs accessed the Canadian markets through offerings by "income trusts"–and found capital not available in the US markets. The Canadian public ...

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    • California Probate Law: Why Do I Need a Will?
      Introduction A will is more than a formal written legal document setting forth how you would like your property handled at death. In your will, you can also specify guardians to take care of your minor children, establish trusts for your children's ...

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