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What Does It Mean to Be Estranged?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Estrangement refers to a breakdown in a relationship, such as a relationship with a spouse or family member, where there is no longer any communication, or communication has become hostile, and the individuals lead separate lives. Although estrangement can significantly impact individuals’ lives, it is not a legal term and, in many cases, might not have a legal effect.

No Will? You're Putting Your Kids at Risk

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people delay the conversation or thoughts of having to prepare a will. Confronting the possibility of one’s death is not easy. However, as the recent death of Anne Heche shows us, not having a will can place a significant burden on your children and cause undesirable complications. Even if difficult, planning ahead may be a better solution than the alternative.

May Someone With Dementia Sign a Will?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Millions of people are affected by dementia, and unfortunately many of them do not have all their estate planning affairs in order before the symptoms start. If you or a loved one has dementia, it may not be too late to sign a will or other documents, but certain criteria must be met to ensure that the signer is mentally competent.

5 Ways Your Will Can Become Useless, Or Close to It

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

While wills do not have expiration dates, certain changes can render them useless. When this happens, having an out-of-date will can be the same as having no will at all. It is important to review your will periodically to ensure it still does what you want. The following are five ways your will can become out-of-date:

Who Gets Copies of the Will After a Person Dies?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Aug 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many movies and television shows have a scene where a family gathers around a big table after a relative has died to listen to the reading of the will. While this makes for a dramatic scene, one that may have been more common when literacy rates were lower, it doesn't usually happen this way in the modern world. There is no requirement that a will be read out loud to anyone. So what does happen with the will?

What Makes a Will Valid?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Movies, television, and books like to present wills in dramatic ways--handwritten notes, videos, deathbed utterances--but what actually makes a will valid? The law varies depending on what state you live in, but there are some basic rules.  The legal requirements for a will are fairly simple. ...

Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay your debts. While generally heirs cannot inherit debt, debt can reduce what they receive. Spelling out how debt should be paid can help your heirs.

A Will Is a Good Start on an Estate Plan

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

A periodic review will also give you an idea of any changes that are necessary. A will is certainly something that should be completed. However, it isn't a document to put on the shelf and forgotten because as your life and government laws change, so should your will, according to The Item in...

Counting on DIY Will? You Better Be Sure

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

If the legal documents aren't signed and notarized properly, there is a good chance that problems will arise. A properly prepared will could have avoided many of the problems faced by a woman who thought she was protected, according to News 2 in “The power of a will and trouble without one.” Ms....

Age Doesn’t Matter—You Need an Estate Plan

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

How many people over the age of 45 do not have a prepared will? Two out of Five! Many people seem to have a difficulty getting started with an estate plan. However, it really doesn't take much to do the planning necessary to help family members who survive you, according to the Lebanon Democ...

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