Getting Letters Testamentary from Probate Court

Getting Letters Testamentary from Probate Court

Frequent Scenario: Someone dies. Their surviving spouse is told by the bank they need “Letters” to access a bank account. Surviving spouse finds a lawyer online and asks him to draft the letter. Surviving spouse is then frustrated to learn that she doesn’t really need a letter from a lawyer – but has to go to court … Continued

Already Have an Estate Plan? Focus on This.

Nearly everyone in America (even people of fairly modest financial means) would benefit from the security of having a basic estate plan that includes a Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney (both financial and medical) and an Advance Directive. If you fall into the category of pre-planning Americans who have already completed their plan, … Continued

Estate Planning for Senior Citizens

As the American population ages, adult children of seniors are scrambling to help their parents and protect themselves against the uncertainty in the legal system. This blog helps understand some of the options available.     First, two important points worth understanding: (1) Not all estate plans look the same (or should look the same). Plans should be … Continued

Stolen Inheritance? Call Us for Help.

As probate lawyers, we see many of the same issues frequently. One of the most frustrating and harmful is what we refer to as a “stolen” inheritance case. It can happen in a variety of ways. Maybe an adult child is serving as the primary caregiver of an incapacitated parent and decides he’s entitled to … Continued

Divorced with Kids? Get a Will Now!

Consider this: About a year ago, a young man unexpectedly died. Like many Americans, he had previously divorced and had a child (who, at the time of his death, was a baby living with her mother). He never executed a Last Will and Testament and wasn’t wealthy. He had what most lawyers would call a “modest … Continued