probate

What is a Probate Bond?

A probate bond (also known as a fiduciary bond or estate bond) is a type of court bond often required by probate courts. Probate bonds must be obtained by individuals who have been appointed to act on behalf of others, such as to take care of their property or finances after their death. This is […]

Is it Possible to Contest a Will?

Imagine your surprise when a parent or close loved one dies and, in their will, they have mysteriously left everything to a random person that you and your family barely know. Can the will be contested and ultimately proven invalid if you believe this to be a mistake or an intentional act of fraud? Why […]

Probate law has specific provisions for handling the affairs of people who have died. These laws are followed according to the specifications that are set out in the statutes. Failure to follow these laws can lead to a lawsuit or even criminal proceedings. Breach of trust is one of the more severe consequences of not […]

Financial Wellness In Life (and Beyond): Four Resources for Planning an Estate

Planning your Estate When a loved one passes away, money often becomes a major issue for spouses, descendants, and beneficiaries. Whether repaying an outstanding debt or collecting a life insurance claim, money is the primary driving force in almost every decision that an executor will make, making it one of the most complex assets to […]

Securing Financial Wellness After Receiving an Inheritance

Receiving an Inheritance After a will has been presented, or the court has ordered an intestate succession, an estate’s assets are distributed amongst beneficiaries, such as a spouse and children. The division of assets is one of the most important parts of estate planning and the probate process, and receiving an inheritance during the highly […]