Probate and Trust Administration Articles

10 Biggest Estate Planning Blunders of Celebrities – Don’t Make These Mistakes!

Q. I have been reading your newsletter for several years now. I remember, in the past, you did a series on celebrity estate planning mistakes and lessons that can be learned from them. I found it to be very helpful and interesting … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: What Does it Really Mean to be Named as an Executor?

Q. My Aunt Fran called me to ask if I would be the executor of her estate. I am honored that she chose me because she must see me as trustworthy and responsible. Before saying yes, can you tell me what is involved? A. The … [Read more...]

Understanding Probate: The Two Types of Probate

Problems often arise when people don't have a coordinated method of passing on their estate. Take for example, Joe, who has become incapacitated as the result of a severe stroke. He has a wife, Mary, and two children, Carrie and … [Read more...]

The Nightmare of Probate and How to Avoid It

When many first consider Estate Planning, they immediately think of preparing a Last Will and Testament. While having a Will is slightly better than dying without a Will (i.e., dying intestate), Wills also have some major … [Read more...]

The Nightmare of Probate and How Steve Jobs Avoided It

When many first consider Estate Planning, they immediately think of preparing a Last Will and Testament. While having a Will is slightly better than dying without a Will (i.e., dying intestate), Wills also have some major … [Read more...]

Halloween May Be Scary, But Probate Could Be Your Worst Nightmare!

This is the story of Ella, a client in her mid-fifties whose father recently passed away and whose mother died when she was a child.  Her father’s Will stated that his estate, including real estate in Virginia and Florida, and … [Read more...]