When someone has died with a will, it is not uncommon for a family member or sometimes a friend or a person with a professional relationship with the decedent to have reason to suspect something is not right about the will’s terms or the circumstances around its execution and signing. This often happens when the testator (person who writes and signs the will) made an unusual change to their estate plan, especially if it occurred at a time when they were suffering from problems related to advanced age or illness.
It is a safe assumption that most wills filed with probate courts are authentic. This is the conclusion of law professor Mark Glover of the University of Wyoming College of Law in an article in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Artistic license, the scope of contract provisions and how Calpurnia would have acted are all involved in the dispute. If the parties cannot resolve their disagreements, it could delay the stage opening of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
What do a collection of Christmas ornaments, hand-written recipe cards, a set of Flow Blue china, a grandfather clock or a piece of costume jewelry have in common? They may carry sentimental value.
The general rule is that each party pays their own attorney fees. There are, however, exceptions.
Serving as the executor of an estate is a privilege often extended to a trusted friend or relative. But the privilege comes with considerable responsibility and involves numerous tasks that can go awry.
As the summer ends and school starts, the family vacation(s) in the mountains or lakes are also winding down. Maybe there is still one left over the Labor Day holiday.
A recent Facebook advertisement from the New Yorker linked to a piece written by Norah Ephron from an October 2010 issue. The stages that she describes are still apt today.
After recently writing about the duties of a fiduciary, we wanted to follow up with a post on available remedies if there is a breach.
Probate in Colorado is required to transfer assets to heirs if an estate contains more than $50,000 of personal property or real property (for example, a home in Cherry Creek or a condo in Steamboat). This low threshold means your estate may be destined for probate if you fail to take any action.