The loss of a loved one brings with it a wide range of emotions, often including anger, depression, and denial among them. When the terms and provisions of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament are revealed, it can cause another emotional response altogether, especially if those terms and provisions are not what you were expecting or anticipating. If you find yourself questioning the validity of a loved one’s Will, you may have the right to legally challenge the Will during the probate of the estate. Given the complexity of a Will contest, and the importance of the outcome, you should [Read more…] The post Probate Lawyer Offers Tips on Recognizing a Fraudulent Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member or close loved one, you are undoubtedly trying to manage the emotional aftermath of your loved one’s death. At a time like this, the last thing most people want to focus on is legalities; however, someone must handle the legal and practical ramifications of your loved one’s death. Specifically, the decedent’s estate must be probated. If you are charged with handling the probate of the estate, the first thing you y need to do is decide which type of probate is required. To help you make that decision the Lincolnshire probate attorneys at [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Explain the Different Types of Probate appeared first on Hedeker Law.
You have probably listened to well-meaning friends and family members tell you how important it is for you to have at least a basic estate plan in place. If you are like over half of all Americans, you have yet to create a plan despite listening to their well-intentioned advice. Sometimes, the best way to impress upon someone the importance of doing something is to explain what will happen if they don’t do it. With that in mind, the Lincolnshire probate attorneys at Hedeker Law, Ltd. explains what happens to an estate if there is no Last Will and Testament. [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Explain What Happens to an Estate If There Is No Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.
There is a very good chance that you will be directly involved with the probate of an estate at some point in your life. Your involvement might be the result of being appointed the Executor of the estate of a recently deceased loved one or because you volunteer to be the Personal Representative of a loved one who recently died intestate, or without a Will. You could also find yourself part of the probate of an estate because you are a beneficiary, heir, or creditor of the estate. If you find yourself involved in the probate of an estate, you [Read more…] The post Tips from a Probate Lawyer appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Proper estate planning includes much more than just deciding how your estate assets will be distributed after your death. What additional components you include in your comprehensive estate plan will depend on your unique needs and goals. One common estate planning goal, however, is probate avoidance. A Vernon Hills probate lawyer explains why you might want your estate to avoid probate and offers some common probate avoidance strategies. What Is Probate? When you die, you will leave behind an estate that is made up of all the assets you owned at the time of your death. Probate is the legal [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Probate Lawyer Explains Probate Avoidance Strategies appeared first on Hedeker Law.
You have undoubtedly been urged by well-meaning family and friends to take the time to get started on your estate plan. The first step in estate planning, for most people, is to execute a Last Will and Testament, which you have yet to do. Part of the reason you don’t have a Will is because you don’t really see the need for one. Like many people, you are under the impression that in the absence of a large and/or valuable estate, there is no real need for a Will. This is a common misconception in estate planning. The truth, however, [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Probate Attorneys Explain Intestate Succession appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member, or someone else close to you, you are undoubtedly going through a difficult time full of strong emotions. If the decedent named you as the Executor of his/her estate, you may be wondering how you can possibly focus on the practical and legal aspects of probate when you are still grieving the loss of your loved one, particularly if this is the first-time you have served as an Executor. It certainly will not be easy; however, with the advice and guidance of your loved ones, along with an experienced probate attorney, you can [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Provide Tips for the First-Time Executor appeared first on Hedeker Law.