Under ideal circumstances, you will know well ahead of time if someone plans to nominate you to be the executor in a Last Will and Testament. Of course we all know that life doesn't always present us with ideal circumstances. If you have recently been notified that someone died and nominated you to be the executor of the estate in his or her Will, you may be wondering what to do next. To begin with, you need to know that you are not required to accept the position of executor. You are free to … [Read more...] about So You’ve Been Named the Executor of A Will. Now What?
The probate code is basically the set of laws regarding wills and estates. There is a Uniform Probate Code which was created for the purpose of simplifying the probate process and standardizing the laws regarding wills, trusts and intestacy. The Uniform Probate Code also addresses gifts, as well. Because the probate code is an important part of estate planning Sacramento residents should understand how those laws could affect their estate. Why is a standardized set of laws a good … [Read more...] about Why Probate is a Part of Estate Planning Sacramento Residents Must Consider
When a parent dies, the surviving family members are typically at a loss as to what needs to be done legally, to handle their assets. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started on what you need to do when a parent dies. The best advice, though, is to first consult with an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney to make sure you have covered everything. He or she can help guide you through the process, comply with the many legal requirements of estate administration and help you … [Read more...] about Steps to Take When a Parent Dies
An elder law attorney specializes in legal issues that relate to seniors and the problems they tend to face. This particular area of the law only became well-recognized in the 1980s when the legal issues affecting seniors became more complicated. The challenges of qualifying for Medi-Cal coverage at a time when the need for nursing home care was on the rise brought to light the advantages of having an elder law attorney for assistance. So, what exactly does an elder law attorney do? What … [Read more...] about What Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?
A good executor makes the probate process go smoothly, efficiently, and helps it finish as quickly as possible. Sometimes, however, executors feel as if family members, creditors, or others interested in the estate pressure them to wrap things up quickly or before the appropriate steps are taken. Your job as an executor requires you to follow probate procedures regardless of the pressure others are putting you under. To do this, there are several key mistakes you will want to avoid. Tip 1. … [Read more...] about Tips For Executors Who Want to Do A Good Job
Believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, the State of Nebraska has recently proposed legislation that would grant the executor of a decedent’s estate access to social media, e-mail, micro-blogging, and other similar accounts. The legislation would not apply to accounts that have been specifically addressed in a decedent’s estate plan with instructions regarding who should control the account; however, all other accounts would fall under the control of the estate executor if the … [Read more...] about Social Media and Estate Administration