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are one of the lucky snow birds that has purchased a vacation home in sunny
Florida but is a resident in another state, then your property may be subject
to ancillary probate after you pass away. Ancillary probate is when a resident of one state owns real estate (or some
other titled property, such as a car or boat) in another state. For example, if you live in New York but you
own a home in Florida in order to escape the... Read More
If you are to be the recipient of all or a portion of a decedent’s estate, it is normal to inquire how soon you can expect to receive your share of the estate. The short answer is, usually more than one year after the date of death. But, earlier partial distributions are often possible, and there are many circumstances that can draw the process out longer.
Even in an uncontested and uncomplicated estate, there are... Read More
When preparing a Last Will, anyone with a frequent flyer air miles account
should include those miles as an asset that can be transferred upon
death. As air fares continue to rise, your air miles account is a
valuable asset not to be overlooked.
Some airlines state in their rules that their miles are not transferable upon
death. However, those policies are flexible and a persistent... Read More
The executor (or administrator) primary duty is to liquidate the estate’s assets and distribute
money to all beneficiaries named in the will or to distributees if there
was no will. There are ways to legally... Read More
After many years as a probate lawyer, here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
1. Can a copy of a WILL be probated?
Generally, only the original WILL may be probated. However, if it can be proven that
the original WILL was never revoked and was destroyed AFTER the death of the decedent,
only then could the copy be admitted to probate.
2. Where do you PROBATE an estate?
The estate must be PROBATED... Read More
Save time and money by being prepared when you make you initial appointment to see your estate attorney, to probate a family member's estate.
Here is what you must bring with you:
The original will, not a copy,
an Original death certificate with a raised seal,
A copy of the funeral bill, with a paid receipt
Addresses of all legatees named in the Will
... Read More