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What is Guardianship?

A guardianship is established when a person, who becomes the ward, is deemed incapacitated and, thus, unable to make and communicate informed decisions. Viewed as a restrictive arrangement that impedes the ward’s fundamental rights, guardianship is often seen as a last resort and courts will explore other options prior to the...

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Have You Planned for Your Digital Assets?

We are now fully immersed in the digital age. There are fewer and fewer of us that will remember a time before we had internet access, let alone those who remember when internet access was a rare and hot commodity. Because of the intertwinement our lives have with the digital landscape, there...

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Common Grounds for Contesting a Will

Did you know that the validity of a will can be contested? Will contests can be a big headache for all involved and can create serious delays in probate proceedings. Many times, family members who may feel slighted by the contents of a will may bring a contest when the contents...

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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Health Care Surrogate

A strong, comprehensive estate plan does include planning for the distribution of your assets after you die, but it should also include plans and protections for life’s unexpected challenges while you are alive as well. For instance, there are critical health care documents that should be included in your estate plan...

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What Is the Role of a Personal Representative?

Have you been asked to be the personal representative of an estate? Are you in the process of estate planning and are looking for the right person to choose to act as the personal representative of your estate after you pass? Knowing the role and responsibilities of a personal representative can...

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What Can Cause Delays in Probate Proceedings?

Many people try to avoid probate for several reasons. These reasons can include the fact that probate can be quite costly. It is also a matter of public record which means that you lack the privacy you may want for a process that can involve some more personal affairs. It can...

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What to Know About Spendthrift Trusts

As you may have heard, trusts can play a valuable role in an estate plan for a multitude of reasons. With a trust, a person transfers ownership of assets to the trust in order to fund the trust. Those assets form the trust principle. The trust is then managed by a...

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