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June 29, 2011

Family Inheritance

Family inheritance is a prized possession that should be protected using estate planning strategies. Financial assets and valuable property can be transferred to direct lineage heirs and future generations through Wills and Trusts, as well as gifted on an annual basis.

Family inheritance is often a touchy subject, but it is important to openly discuss plans with family members prior to death. Many people feel there will be too much conflict if relatives know what they will receive ahead of time. The truth is family disputes over inheritance can be minimized by planning ahead.

Engaging in estate planning isn't difficult or expensive. All that is required is to take inventory of personal assets, financial portfolios, and titled property such as motor vehicles and real estate. Estate planners can advise whether estates can be sufficiently protected by a last will and testament or if a trust is better suited.

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January 06, 2010

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax is imposed on the fair market value of an estate and charged to the individuals who inherit the assets. The amount of inheritance tax is determined by the appraised value of the estate and the beneficiary's relationship to the deceased.

Inheritance tax is governed by each individual state. Currently, ten of the fifty states within the U.S. impose inheritance tax. These include: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Texas is the only state which does not impose estate or inheritance tax.

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October 14, 2009

Estate Administrator

Estate administrator refers to a person appointed to manage the estate of a person who has died. Administrators are generally family members, a professional estate planner or probate attorney. When a family member is appointed to this position, they typically require assistance from a professional to ensure legal documents are properly filed through probate court.

An estate administrator has multiple duties. It is important to appoint someone capable of handing financial matters and able to make difficult decisions under stress. Administrators must be at least 18 years of age and never convicted of a felony. It is best to appoint an estate executor who resides in the same state as the decedent. However, this is not a necessary requirement.

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June 11, 2009

Probate Wills

Probate wills are legal documents which detail information about a decedent's estate. A Will includes the name and contact information for the person who will be responsible for handling the estate, a list of assets owned by the decedent, and the individuals who will receive those assets.

Also known as the Last Will and Testament, probate wills are submitted to the local courthouse in the decedent's place of residence. Every Will must be validated to ensure it abides by probate laws and is legally-binding. Certain steps must be followed before distribution of assets can occur.

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May 26, 2009

Real Esates

'Real esates' is a common misspelling for 'real estate'. Both spellings refer to real property or raw land used for housing, commercial buildings, farming or ranching. In reality, Earth is one gigantic ball of real estate opportunities!

Today, people are leery of investing in real esates. It's no wonder. With housing prices dropping at unprecedented rates, sellers are reluctant to sell their properties because most of them would take a financial loss.

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May 24, 2009

Probated

The term, probated, refers to estates held in probate. This process is used to determine the value of assets owned by a person who has died and validate their last Will. An estate administrator is designated within the Will and is responsible for overseeing the estate and handling numerous duties.

Strategies exist to prevent estates from being probated. These measures must be taken prior to death. Most are quite simple and can be accomplished without the assistance of an estate planner. Others require the execution of legal documents and require the services of a probate attorney.

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March 29, 2009

Will Executor

A Will executor refers to a person that has been legally designated to oversee the estate of a person who has died. There are several names for a will executor including estate administrator, probate personal representative, estate executor, probate administrator and estate agent.

Regardless of the title, a will executor must be appointed through the decedent's last will and testament or by a probate judge. Nearly every estate must pass through probate prior to distribution of assets

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March 19, 2009

Probate Liquidators

Probate liquidators refer to companies that purchase assets held in probate. This can be a valuable service for estate executors because it allows them to sell assets for cash. This money is used to pay off outstanding debts associated with the estate and allows for ease of distribution to creditors and intended beneficiaries.

The sooner assets are sold to probate liquidators, the better. Estate assets are held in probate for an average of three years. During this time assets depreciate, while attorney fees and probate costs escalate. By selling probate assets at the onset of probate, the estate receives more money and can reduce the duration of the probate process.

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February 19, 2009

Probate Estate

Probate estate is a term used to describe assets belonging to a person who has died. Probate is the legal process used to determine rightful heirs and establish a value for financial and real estate holdings. Everything the person owned must be transferred to the probate court before distribution to heirs can occur.

The process for transferring probate estate assets typically lasts several months. Much depends on the size and value of the estate. If the decedent established estate planning the estate can pass through probate relatively quickly. However, if the decedent died without executing a last will and testament, the process will take longer

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February 01, 2009

Wills and Probate

Wills and probate are two crucial elements of estate planning. Wills are legal documents which outline distribution of assets to designated beneficiaries. Probate is the legal process used to ensure the decedent's wishes are followed and adhere to probate laws.

The validation of will and probate process generally takes six to nine months. During this time, the designated Estate Administrator named in the Will, works with either the estate planning attorney or probate lawyer retained by the decedent. The Administrator is responsible for organizing documents, handling financial matters, contacting creditors and inventorying all estate assets

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