Wills

Let's make something perfectly clear: having a Will is very important! Dying intestate, or, dying without a Will, can cause heartache and headache for your loved ones. However, even a properly executed and professionally prepared Will won't do everything. Read on to see what we mean. A Will Won't Avoid Probate What’s...

Once you have determined that you need a will, gathering the information that will be needed for proper drafting is not usually difficult. A will preparation checklist can ensure that your will properly addresses all your needs. Remember that if you die without a will, a probate court will have no way...

Legendary Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando left the bulk of his estate (worth approximately $26 million) to his producer and other associates. Brando created a valid last will and testament. However, he did not include his longtime housekeeper Angela Borlaza – who later sued alleging that Brando promised that she would inherit...

Confused about the differences between wills and trusts?  If so, you’re not alone. While it’s always wise to contact experts like us, it’s also important to understand the basics. Here’s a quick and simple reference guide: What Revocable Living Trusts Can Do – That Wills Can’t Avoid a conservatorship and guardianship. A...

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a “good thing.” However, many of us don’t take the steps to get that estate plan in place because we don’t understand the nuances between wills and trusts – and dying without either. Here’s...

If you’ve created a will, congratulations! You have made your intentions clear to the world and have provided for your loved ones based on what you determined was best. One caveat, and Rule #1 when creating your will – make sure to tell someone where to find it! Olympic Gold Medalist’s...

You may have seen a video will presentation in a Hollywood movie or on television.  Unvaryingly, you saw the lazy, greedy and aloof family members gathered around in the office of the estate planning lawyer to watch the curmudgeonly, but very prosperous, family patriarch or matriarch onscreen systematically castigate the various heirs before leaving them peanuts and then announcing that the bulk of the estate goes to the much maligned and now very wealthy downstairs maid. It is all very entertaining, comedic and, unless there is a written and signed will, totally irrelevant. If you do not have a written will, the court will not accept the video and you will be considered intestate regarding assets not in a trust or otherwise validly disposed of in other instruments or accounts.