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
    • Avoiding Unsound Investments
      Every five or ten years, a group of local governments loses a significant amount of money in unwise investments and serves as a reminder to all local governments that public moneys must be invested prudently and cautiously. Such losses took place ...

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    • Avoiding Ten Common Legal Pitfalls
      Pitfall: If I get buyer's remorse after making a purchase, I can return the purchased item within the three day cooling-off period. False: Generally the federal and state consumer sales three-day cooling off period only applies to uninvited home ...

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    • Amnesia and the Law
      The majority of head injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or defective products for which someone else may be responsible. Since lifelong rehabilitation care for a person with head injury is costly and not always ...

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    • Building Charitable Trusts Into A Client''s Estate, Tax And Family Planning
      Charitable giving has become a significant consideration in the tax and estate planning of individuals due to the substantial federal income and estate tax savings which charitable transfers can generate. Long-term family charitable projects can ...

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    • Attorney Or Title Company?
      One of the least understood issues for the purchaser, seller or owner of a house is should I use an attorney or title company for my purchase, sale or refinance? Most real estate companies in Northern Virginia have a financial connection to a title ...

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    • Avoiding Probate
      Several popular books have been written about "avoiding probate". The probate process varies somewhat from state to state. In New Jersey it is not a traumatic experience. (In other states, such as Florida, it can indeed be expensive and time ...

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    • Change in Ohio Taxation of Electing Small Business Trusts
      In recent years many shareholders of Ohio-based S corporations have taken advantage of a tax planning structure using grantor trusts which obtained electing small business trust ("ESBT") status for federal income tax purposes. The shareholder would ...

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    • Avoiding a Building Moratorium in Florida: City of Palm Beach Gardens and Developers Cooperated
      This was an easy column to write. Why? It's about a true story, with an interesting cast of characters, a happy ending, and it all took place right here in northern Palm Beach County. The story begins a few months ago when the John D. and Catherine ...

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    • 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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