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November 14, 2012

Fraud in Real Estate

Many people contribute fraud in real estate as the demise of the mortgage industry. There is little doubt that scam artists have siphoned billions of dollars from unsuspecting people through home equity thefts, foreclosure bailout scams, straw buyer scams, and rental fraud.

Anytime fraud in real estate occurs victims must become proactive in reporting the incident to local law enforcement. Police reports are needed to begin the process of collecting evidence to prove a crime was committed.

Law enforcement officers will need to obtain the names and contact information for all parties involved, along with any documents such as trust deeds, quitclaim deeds, purchase or rental agreements, and escrow statements. They will also require any receipts or cancelled checks that were given or received.

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June 05, 2012

Trustor

Trustor is the name given to individuals that establish trusts. Trusts are used to safeguard property and establish beneficiaries to receive assets upon the Trustor's death. A Trustee is designated to manage the trust. In most cases, this is the person that sets up the trust, but there are times when another person is in charge.

The term, Trustor is used with all kinds of trusts including living, land, testamentary, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Trusts are commonly used with estate planning to avoid probate and reduce estate taxes.

Probate is always needed when estate assets are not transferred to a trust or protected by other estate planning strategies. The process is usually quite slow; especially in heavily populated areas where courts are overburdened.

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January 15, 2009

Estate Planning Lawyer

An estate planning lawyer specializes in helping people create a plan to protect their assets. Estate planning involves executing legal documents such as trusts and wills; designating beneficiaries and the assets they will inherit; and appointing estate administrators to oversee your estate.

An estate planning lawyer can also ssist in executing a Durable Power of Attorney and Healthcare Proxy; establish guardianship for minor children; and designate payable-on-death and transfer-on-death beneficiaries to transfer real estate, financial holdings, and other valuable assets.

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December 15, 2008

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney

In the past, hiring a Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney was as simple as opening a phone book. Today, it isn't quite as easy. When the new bankruptcy laws went into effect in 2007, a provision was included which requires lawyers to attest to their clients bankruptcy petitions. In a nutshell, this provision requires lawyers to state they believe their clients' petition is necessary. If clients are not completely honest when providing details about their financial situation, the attorney assumes significant risk.

Today, retaining the services of a chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney is more costly. In addition to the above mentioned risk, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) require lawyers to engage in additional casework to ensure their clients have a legitimate need to file for bankruptcy protection. This has resulted in higher legal fees; making it more difficult for average Americans to obtain appropriate counsel.

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December 11, 2008

Probate Attorney

A probate attorney is a lawyer who specializes in estates held in probate. Probate is the process used to validate a decedent's Last Will and Testament, inventory assets, and distribute financial holdings, real estate, and personal belongings to beneficiaries.

Most people require the services of a Transactional probate attorney. This type of lawyer is best suited to handle estate administration duties. Transactional probate lawyers will open the probate case and present the original Will to the probate court. They will provide assistance to the appointed Estate Administrator and ensure appropriate legal documents are filed in a timely fashion.

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November 21, 2008

Estate Planning Attorney

Hiring an estate planning attorney is a crucial part of developing a plan for what happens to your assets and personal belongings in the event of your death. When people die without executing a Last Will and Testament or arranging a living trust, everything they own is placed into probate.

An estate planning attorney can help you avoid probate by implementing irrevocable life insurance trusts, living trusts, and assigning payable-on-death and transfer-on-death beneficiaries. The probate process can take several months to several years to settle. Without implementing estate planning procedures, all your worldly possessions will be distributed to heirs according to probate laws.

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November 05, 2008

Bankrupcy

Bankrupcy filings are occurring at unprecedented rates. With the ever-growing credit crisis and increased unemployment, many Americans are facing challenging financial times. For many people, bankrupcy is the only alternative to save their home from foreclosure.

There are numerous reasons people file bankrupcy. At the top of the list is subprime lending and lack of adequate health insurance. Chronic illness and mounting medical bills can quickly cause a person to go bankrupt. Other causes of bankruptcy include loss of employment, death of a spouse and living outside your means.

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November 02, 2008

Going Bankrupt

Americans are going bankrupt at an unprecedented rate. The failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has set off an avalanche of consumer panic. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing, business doors are closing, consumer spending has hit an all-time low and bankruptcy filings are going through the roof.

It's not only U.S. citizens going bankrupt. It's the entire world economy. Changes need to be made quickly in order to maintain any stability in worldwide markets. Otherwise, the entire global economy will be going bankrupt and we will be in much worse shape than we are now

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October 28, 2008

New Bankruptcy Laws

New bankruptcy laws enacted by Congress in 2005 have changed the way consumers, businesses, corporations and farmers obtain protection from creditors. The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) includes provisions which require debtors to engage in credit counseling and undergo the process of the 'means' test.

Under the new bankruptcy laws, filing for bankruptcy has become considerably more complex and costly. BAPCPA was enacted to prevent consumers from racking up large amounts of debts, than filing bankruptcy to avoid repayment. However, the strict provisions have made it difficult for individuals who require debt relief caused by mounting medical bills and inflated mortgage payments.

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October 23, 2008

Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries refer to people who are entitled to assets owned by a person who has died. Beneficiaries typically include spouses, children, and direct lineage heirs such as sisters and brothers. Organizations such as charities or educational institutions can also be designated beneficiaries.

Anyone can be named as beneficiaries on property titles to real estate, automobiles, recreational vehicles, motor crafts and financial holdings such as bank accounts, retirement accounts and life insurance policies.

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