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Solutions to Avoid Probate

Every estate-planning attorney will tell his/her clients to organize their assets to avoid the stressful probate process. The probate court process is not only expensive, but it is also extremely inconvenient and frustrating for the heirs. One solution to avoid probate is to create a joint tenancy agreement. Joint tenancy is defined as the holding of an estate/property by two or more individuals. When one of the joint owners passes, the estate/property will automatically pass to the surviving joint owner. Joint tenancy is an “inexpensive version of an estate plan” that can be used as an alternative to a will. However, there are consequences of using joint tenancy as a substitute for estate-p

Estate Planning Should be a Topic of Conversation During the Holidays

December is here, which means you can now blast your favorite holiday music and plan for family gatherings! People are often less stressed about work during the holidays and have the opportunity to catch up with loved ones and recount funny, family stories. However, holiday time is also the perfect time to discuss estate planning. With the whole family present, it’s the optimal time to start talking about the family estate plans. Families with seniors and with minor children need to be particularly concerned that there are appropriate advance directives, wills, or trusts in place in case of unforeseen events. Friedman LLP’s Kimberly Dula advises that “families need to make sure that they tre


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