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
    • Your Health Care: In Illinois, Who Decides?
      Now, while you are well, is the time to decide what kind of health care you will want if you are ever unable to make those decisions. You can do this by signing a Power of Attorney for Health Care and/or a Living Will. With a Power of Attorney for ...

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    • Your Brokerage Account: Tax Implications of Joint Tenancy
      Thousands of new brokerage accounts are opened each year and people routinely title them in joint tenancy (with rights of survivorship). Sometimes, this form of ownership is great---a husband and wife have a feeling of togetherness---what's yours is ...

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    • Your Estate, Your Way
      I am concerned about the problems that disability can cause one's family or friends. Statistics indicate that a person is likely to become seriously disabled or incapacitated for some period of time at least once during his lifetime. Serious health ...

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    • Why Do I Need A Will?
      Many time people will tell me that they don't need a Will. It is often a husband and wife who have already put the house and bank accounts in both names. What they don't realize is in that situation it is usually the automobile that causes a ...

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    • Why Estate Planning is Important to You
      No matter how much you own, you owe it to yourself and your family to plan ahead now for the distribution of your assets upon your death. With good estate planning, you can minimize the costs and expenses, including taxes, which often occur with the ...

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    • Wills, Trusts, And Estate Planning
      The primary purpose of any will, trust, or estate planning is to make sure that your assets are distributed or held for those individuals or entities which you choose. In a will, you designate your beneficiaries so that upon your passing, your ...

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    • Wills
      Estate - the property you own in your name alone at your death.Personal Representative - the person in charge of your estate. May be referred to as Executor or Personal Representative.Trust - Property set apart, sometimes in a will, for a certain ...

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    • When Someone Passes Away: A Guide through the Maze of Probate in Massachusetts
      When a close relative or friend passes away, the reality of the loss can be devastating, regardless of the age or medical history of the decedent. Just when you think you're starting to get everything under control again, your attorney mentions ...

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    • Wills and Probate
      Most people think of wills when they think about estate planning. However, statistics show that up to seventy percent (70%) OF THE POPULATION DOES NOT EVEN LEAVE A SIMPLE WILL. For those who have thought about their estate planning needs, they may ...

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    • What Is Guardianship?
      A guardianship is a legal proceeding in the circuit courts of Florida in which a guardian exercises the legal rights of an incapacitated person. A guardian is an individual or institution such as a bank trust department appointed by the court to ...

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