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October 01, 2011
The probate office is where matters surrounding estate settlement, conservatorships, marriage licenses, name changes, and adoption occur. When a person passes away their estate agent files the last will and testament and death certificate through this office to obtain a case number.
Working with the probate office can be simplified by engaging in estate planning. In fact, with proper planning most estates can avoid probate altogether. It's recommended to consult with a probate lawyer or estate planner to ensure adequate protection of estate assets. However, it's helpful to conduct research to learn about the process and available options.
June 22, 2011
When family disputes over property arise it's smart to attempt resolution as quickly as possible. Irreparable damage and division within the family can occur if disagreements escalate. If necessary, call in a professional mediator, religious clergy, or lawyer to defuse the situation and begin negotiation.
Unfortunately, family disputes over property are common occurrence. The most prevalent source of disagreements stem from divorce and inheritance gifts bequeathed from deceased relatives. Death and divorce are highly charged emotional events that can cause people to behave out of character.
April 19, 2011
When family disputes over inheritance arise it can quickly escalate into irreparable damage. Emotions are already running high when a loved one dies. Incidents that could easily be worked out under normal circumstances are magnified during periods of grief.
Family disputes over inheritance often occur when a relative dies without executing a Will. However, when a person dies intestate the estate must be settled according to state probate laws. Heirs can file claims against the estate if they have evidence they are entitled to specific property. They can fight all day over who should receive what, but if a Will is not in place there isn't much they can do about distribution of property.