Dealing with the aftermath of a loved one's passing involves not only emotional challenges but also navigating the legalities of the probate process. If the decedent left behind a Last Will and Testament, you may question the validity of that document, potentially leading to a Will contest. With that in mind, the Indianapolis attorneys at Frank & Kraft discuss what you need to know about contesting a Will in Indiana. Challenging a Will in Indiana When a person passes away, the estate … [Read more...] about Contesting an Indiana Will: What You Need to Know
Typically, a Last Will and Testament acts as the cornerstone of an estate plan. While a Will can act as your only estate planning document, effectuating the distribution of your entire estate, most people choose to include additional estate planning documents in their comprehensive estate plan. Nevertheless, your Will is likely to remain an important part of your estate plan, even if you choose to expand your overall plan. With that in mind, the Indianapolis attorneys at Frank & Kraft … [Read more...] about Answers to Top 5 Questions about a Last Will and Testament
When a family member or loved one passes away, it is common to feel a variety of strong emotions. While grief, anger, and loss are among the most common of those emotions, you may also feel confused or even suspicious after finding out the terms of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament. You may have concerns about your loved one’s state of mind when the Will was executed. If so, an Indianapolis attorney at Frank & Kraft discusses challenging a Will in Indiana based on lack of testamentary … [Read more...] about Challenging a Will in Indiana Based on Lack of Testamentary Capacity
Every adult should have at least a simple Will in place to ensure that they do not leave behind an intestate estate. If you have yet to execute your Last Will and Testament, but are finally ready to do so, know that you are giving yourself and your loved ones a valuable gift. To ensure that your Will (and your entire estate plan) works as intended you should always consult with an estate planning attorney. To get you started down the right path, however, the Indianapolis Will attorneys at Frank … [Read more...] about Key Steps in Creating Your Will in Indiana
You likely executed a Last Will and Testament as the foundation of your initial estate plan, relying on that Will to distribute your estate assets. Since that time, you may have decided to establish a trust agreement to serve as your primary estate planning document, now relying on that trust to distribute your assets. Nevertheless, you should still have a pour over Will in place. To better explain, the Indianapolis estate planning attorneys at Frank & Kraft discuss why you still need a pour … [Read more...] about Do I Need a Pour Over Will If I Have a Trust?
When most people think about the creation of an estate plan, they think only of the need to execute a Last Will and Testament to ensure that their estate is distributed pursuant to their wishes after death. While that is certainly one aspect of estate planning, a well-thought-out and comprehensive estate plan usually includes more than just a simple Will. The Indianapolis trust attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain why a basic Will may not be enough to achieve all your estate planning … [Read more...] about Why a Basic Will May Not Be Enough
Although many people choose to incorporate a trust agreement into their estate plan, a Last Will and Testament continues to serve as the foundation for most estate plans. The Will you drafted even a few short years ago, however, may not cover your current circumstances, meaning you may need to make changes to your Will. With that in mind, the Indianapolis estate planning attorneys at Frank & Kraft explain how to amend your Last Will and Testament. Last Will and Testament Basics A Last … [Read more...] about How Do I Amend My Will?
The loss of a parent is not something for which you can ever truly prepare. If you recently lost your father, you are undoubtedly going through a period of grief and heightened emotions. Along with working through the emotional aftermath of your loss, you will also be faced with practical and legal issues relating to your father’s death. The administration of your father’s estate, for example, should begin shortly after his death. If your father left behind a Last Will and Testament, that … [Read more...] about Can I Challenge My Father’s Will in Indiana?
One of the primary reasons for creating an estate plan is to avoid dying intestate (meaning without a Will or trust in place to distribute estate assets). What happens though, if a loved one who is on the verge of death makes a last-minute oral Will? Is that Will valid? An Indianapolis estate planning attorney at Frank & Kraft explains how Indiana treats an oral Will and whether you can challenge the validity of that Will. The Last-Minute Will Ideally, an estate plan should be … [Read more...] about Is an Oral Will Valid in Indiana?
When a loved one passes away, a period of grieving and heightened emotions typically follows. At some point, the terms of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament may trigger yet another set of emotional responses if you are suspicious about the validity of the Will. The best way to decide if you have grounds to challenge a Will is to consult with an experienced probate attorney. In the meantime, the Indianapolis probate attorneys at Frank & Kraft offer some signs to look for if you suspect … [Read more...] about Signs to Look for When You Suspect a Will Is Invalid