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
    • Living Trust Seminar
      In this seminar we're going to discuss subjects most of us would rather avoid: death disability and taxes. Many people do not give a single thought to the certainty of their own death, yet it will happen to each and every one of us. Estate planning ...

      Read More »

    • New Jersey Trusts Can Now Be Perpetual
      New Jersey has abolished its "rule against perpetuities" so that New Jersey "dynasty trusts" can now remain in place in perpetuity. New Jersey.s rule against perpetuities generally required a trust to terminate and vest its property in its ...

      Read More »

    • The Private Foundation
      The private independent foundation (not the private operating foundation), as qualified under Section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has the most restrictive rules of all of the five different organizations that can be qualified under this ...

      Read More »

    • Intangible Tax Trusts
      There is currently an opportunity for Florida residents to avoid Florida's intangible tax. The strategy discussed below makes sense for almost anyone who is subject to a significant intangible tax.The Florida intangible tax is generally imposed at ...

      Read More »

    • Probate and Trusts
      When you die someone must take care of your assets and someone must distribute the assets to you heirs. This usually takes years and can cost up to 10% or more of everything you have. When you die, if you have a will or you do not have a will, and ...

      Read More »

    • Living Trust as Alternative to a Will: What a Living Trust Is and Is Not
      A living trust (also known as a "revocable trust" or "inter vivos trust") can be an alternative to a will. Like a will, a living trust may direct the distribution of your property upon your death. And, like a will, a living trust may be altered, or ...

      Read More »

    • The Benefits of Charitable Remainder Trusts
      Dramatic savings in taxes as well as an enhancement of retirement benefits and wealth passing to your heirs can be achieved through the use of a charitable remainder trust in conjunction with an irrevocable life insurance trust. Charitable remainder ...

      Read More »

    • Investment Boom in Italy's Golden Triangle
      Lombard, the English-language Italian business magazine, reports (November, 1999) that: "Leading private-equity investors based in Italy and abroad are in a hurry to establish a presence in the Milan-Bologna-Verona triangle." The article refers to ...

      Read More »

    • The Revocable Living Trust in California
      Introduction Revocable Living Trusts are used by thousands of people in California to avoid having their estates subject to probate. In California estates with a market value over $100,000, anyone in California who owns a house is likely to be in ...

      Read More »

    • IP Strategies In Deals. Seminar Summary of Speaker Glynna K. Christian of Thelen Reid and Priest LLP.
      Glynna K. Christian, a partner at Thelen Reid and Priest, discussed the various ways to structure IP rights in complex multi-jurisdiction and multiparty deals. In discussing the advantages and disadvantages of joint ventures, she noted that they are ...

      Read More »