A Reciprocal Will is the go-to estate planning document for most married couples. Based on the idea that a married couple will likely have the same wishes for their estate, their Wills are created to “mirror” each other so that no matter which spouse dies first, the estate is handled in essentially the same way. There are of course, instances where Reciprocal Wills may vary slightly. While both you and your spouse will name each other as executors and primary beneficiaries, you may have … [Read more...] about What is a Reciprocal Will?
The cost of probate can vary widely, and really depends on how large the estate is and how smoothly the probate process goes. While there’s no real way to quote an exact cost, there are some standard fees you can expect to encounter during probate process: 1) Court costs: These are charged for every probate filing. 2) Attorney’s Fees: Attorney’s fees can vary depending on the complexity of administering the estate or completing the probate process. If a will contest is filed or if the need … [Read more...] about How Much Does Probate Cost?
When someone dies, there are often many loose ends to tie up. Creditors need to be paid, existing real estate must be dealt with, and the estate needs to be organized. Probate is the legal process of sorting out a person’s estate upon death under court supervision. And while probate will certainly get the job done, there are usually better ways to do it. Why Avoid Probate? One of the main reasons many people want to steer clear of probate court is because it can be a long and drawn-out … [Read more...] about How To Avoid Probate