What Happens at a Probate Court Hearing?

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The death of a loved one is never easy, even if they have been sick for a long period. Probate court hearings occur for the judge to review key milestones in the probate process such as the election of an executor of the estate, a formal estate inventory, petitions and other key moments in the […]

Inheritance Statistics In 2022

Inheritance-Statistics

Housing prices have risen dramatically since the housing crash of 2008. This has created wealth amongst many Americans and that wealth is being passed down to the next generation. The average inheritance has only risen by around $15,000 in three decades, but they have more than doubled for some Americans. In this article, we’ll go […]

Wills In Probate: Is A Will Required?

Wills In Probate

Wills In Probate: Is A Will Required? No! Not every will must undergo probate. However, there are a few instances in which a Will could avoid the entire probate process. Some property and assets may be exempt from probate, and while the specific rules may differ by state, some things may be universal. The probate proceedings […]

How Long Is A Will Valid After Death?

How Long Is A Will Valid After Death

After the death of a loved one, families frequently feel a feeling of urgency and make every effort to wrap up any unfinished business as quickly as possible.  In a perfect world, those who are left behind will feel a sense of relief when the probate process of the estate is finally over. However, this […]

Can a Sibling Sell Inherited Property?

Can A Sibling Sell Inherited Property

If you are reading this, more than likely you have just entered into probate and have a lot of questions. Siblings can force the sale of inherited property if they have enough ownership that other heirs do not have the ability to stop the sale, or a sibling can buy out the other sibling from […]

Are Wills Public Record?

Are Wills Are Public Recorded

A last will is a legal document that specifies what happens to an individual’s possessions after they pass away. Most estates are subject to probate, a legal process that verifies a will and distributes assets according to its terms. The probate court is where members of the general public can obtain a copy of the […]

4 Consequences Of Not Probating A Will

4 Consequences Of Not Probating A Will

The proceedings that take place in probate court (during which the assets of a deceased person are transferred to the individuals who inherit them) can be drawn out, expensive, and difficult to understand. Unsurprisingly, many people go to great lengths to make life easier for their families. However, each state has its own laws and […]

Florida Probate Rules (Complete Guide)

Florida Probate Rules (Complete Guide)

In Florida probate rules, after a person passes away, it is necessary to go through the probate process to verify and administer their assets according to the law. The court supervises this process. This legal procedure, which differs from state to state, is essential for ensuring that assets are given to the appropriate beneficiaries in […]

How Long Can A Trust Remain Open After Death

How Long Can A Trust Remain Open

A trust can stay open for up to 21 years after the death of anyone alive at the time the trust was established, although the majority of trusts end at the death of the trustor and the assets are distributed immediately. Depending on the terms of the trust, a beneficiary who is under the age […]

What’s The Difference Between Will And Trust?

What’s The Difference Between Will And Trust

The telling difference between a will and a trust is that a will is a legal document that transfers property from one individual to another. A living trust is a different type of legal document that can be used in place of and/or in addition to a will. A living trust allows the person who […]