What is Probate?

I have been managing this law practice for a few years now, but the "lingo" still intimidates me sometimes!  Usually, once Scott explains it, I can catch on.  Probate is a process, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming.  Read on to learn more about probate.

Posted by Lori

Anyone who has had a close friend or relative pass away has probably heard of probate. Probate is the process by which the estate of the deceased is inventoried and distributed according to state laws.

While often maligned as a headache, probate offers a solid legal framework with advantages for those... More

Dangers of Do it Yourself Wills

I am a do it yourselfer.  I've tried lots of things: laying tile (floors, tub surrounds, and counters!),

wiring some electrical, lots of landscaping projects (a firepit!).  

However, there are few things we just shouldn't do ourselves. 

Handling legal issues is one of those categories.  Below is some additional reading on why it's not a good idea...

The Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trusts

Estate planning is an essential part of life and death. In planning for our future and our family’s future, we must take stock of who we are, what our goals are, and how we want our estate distributed. With the easy availability of do-it-yourself wills and Living Trusts, it can be... More

Why create an estate plan?

A common misunderstanding is that only wealthy people need to have an estate plan.  I thought this too.  One thing I have learned is that clear instructions and a well thought out plan can really help out your family during one of the most difficult times they might face.  Read on to see some of... More