How to Probate an Estate in California

Author: Julia Nissley
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 1413324894
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Handle probate yourself - and save time and money When you've lost a loved one, the inevitable legal matters can seem difficult and confusing. But in most cases, probate involves little more than routine paperwork to transfer assets to family members and other beneficiaries. How to Probate an Estate in California explains, step-by-step, how to wrap up a basic estate. Whether you do it yourself or work with a lawyer, you'll save money and time. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn how to: read and understand a will or trust determine who inherits if there is no will pay bills and taxes complete and file all necessary court paperwork collect life insurance and other death benefits transfer real estate, securities, vehicles, and other assets to heirs and beneficiaries transfer some assets without probate Even if you hire a lawyer to do some of the paperwork, this book demystifies the process so that you can make informed decisions and communicate intelligently with the attorney about the estate--and save cash in the process. Why pay a lawyer over $15,000 to probate a $500,000 estate, when you can do much of it on your own? Every page of this new edition has been reviewed and revised by a practicing probate lawyer. It provides fresh and accurate information about probating an estate in California.

How to Probate and Settle an Estate in California

Author: Douglas Godbe
Publisher: SphinxLegal
ISBN: 1572484640
Format: PDF
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How to Probate and Settle an Estate in California can help you understand, prepare for, and work through the steps necessary to handle both property that is subject to probate and property that is not subject to probate in the state of California.

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in New York

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601384270
Format: PDF, Docs
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What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes — such as family or special charities — it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations. To ensure your assets are protected and final wishes are carried out, there are some common actions that should be taken now. Proper estate planning allows you to plan for yourself and your loved ones without giving up control of your affairs. Your estate plan should also allow for the possibility of your own disability. It should detail what you own and whom you want to leave it to at a time of your choosing and the way you want. Your estate plan should include fully disclosed, controlled costs for you and your loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is having your estate drained of value through taxes and legal costs. The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in New York will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Ohio residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Co-authors Margo Pierce and Linda C. Ashar, attorneys at law, have crafted an estate planning primer, allowing New York residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Many books on estate planning indicate you do not need the services of an attorney, but this book highly recommends using an attorney versed in this area: You should not go through the process alone. This book is intended explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of estate planning so when you do meet with a qualified attorney, you will be well prepared. You will understand the legal terms and be ready to discuss issues and strategies with familiarity, saving you time and legal fees and ensuring peace of mind. New York -specific information is offered throughout this book, including: New York’s probate code; New York rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid New York will; planning your living will in New York; explanations of New York laws regarding durable health care power of attorneys, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their future. This book also offers an overview of abatement rules, settlement costs, guardianship and minor children, executors and trustees, life insurance, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, 529 plans, reducing or eliminating estate taxes, avoiding tax on life insurance, using insurance to pay estate taxes, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax-deferred accounts. Estate planning should be a positive experience. It involves reviewing your situation and planning for your future. Although few people want to think about the possibility of disability or disease, advance planning is also a way to show your love and to reduce potential distress later. Other books offer a non-state-specific overview of estate planning, causing many readers to be misinformed about rules and regulations particular to their state; but, this new book provides information New York residents need to know. Do not get outdated or wrong information that does not pertain to you specifically. Use this new book to craft an estate plan that is not only legally sound but also fully carries out your last wishes and protects your loved ones.

How to Probate Settle an Estate in Texas

Author: Karen Ann Rolcik
Publisher: SphinxLegal
ISBN: 1572484969
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Complete Guide to Settling an Estate in Texas Probate can be a complicated process during a difficult time in many people's lives. How to Probate and Settle an Estate in Texas can help you understand, prepare for and work through the process of handling an estate in Texas. Written in an easy-to-understand manner, this book explains the different kinds of probate available in Texas and details the steps that must be completed. Checklists are provided for each specific kind of probate to ensure that no form or step is missed along the way. From dealing with creditors to handling estate taxes, How to Probate and Settle an Estate in Texas will provide you with essential knowledge to assist in closing an estate. Sphinx Legal Taking the Mystery out of the Law Appointing a Resident Agent Working with an Attorney Providing Notice to Creditors Paying Debts and Expenses Preparing an Estate Inventory Ready-to-Use Forms with Instructions: IRS Form SS-4 Application for Probate and Administration of Estate Notice to Creditors Appointment of Resident Agent and many more... Texas Probate Code Checklists for specific kinds of Texas probate procedures Explanation of forms to use for each kind of probate Plain-English glossary of terms Step-by-step instructions Ready-to-use, blank forms Your #1 Source for More Than 20 Years for Real World Law Information Sphinx Publishing An Imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. www.SphinxLegal.com

Every Californian s Guide To Estate Planning

Author: Liza Hanks
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 141332469X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Estate planning books often fall into two categories: Those that are overwhelming and full of jargon, focusing on strategies to avoid taxes, or those that provide a general overview of wills, trusts, and estate planning tools and issues at a basic level. Every Californian's Guide to Estate Planning is different: It focuses on estate planning issues that are unique to people who call California home. California is different from almost anywhere else, people come from all over the world to live here, less than 25% of our families fit the traditional model, property is subject to community property rules, and our property tax rates are kept low until a property changes hands. No other estate planning book on the market addresses international issues, how to plan for blended families, how and why community property matters in an estate plan, or how to pass low property taxes on to your children. Written by an estate planning attorney with more than 15 years of experience, complex issues are explained in clear and concise language with lots of examples based on real life stories.

Your New Jersey Wills Trusts Estates Explained Simply

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601384203
Format: PDF, ePub
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Few people want to think about what would happen to their family if they become disabled or die; however, planning for these occurrences in advance will reduce potential stress on your family later in life. This new book will take the guesswork out of planning your estate and help you finally understand the complex processes.The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. Your New Jersey Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer New Jersey residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Author Linda C. Ashar, attorney at law, has crafted an estate planning primer, allowing New Jersey residents to become more informed and more involved during the process.Your New Jersey Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply will provide all the information you need to choose, set up, and execute a will, trust, or estate. You will learn the legal terminology, including beneficiary, probate, trustor, trustee, assets, guardianship, and executor. You will also learn about trust agreements, trust property, settlement costs, life insurance, durable powers of attorney, marital deductions, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, tax deferred accounts, and advance directives. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company presidentâe(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

The Trustee s Legal Companion

Author: Liza Hanks
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 1413323650
Format: PDF, ePub
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Millions of Americans have created living trusts over the past couple of decades, giving little or no thought to what the successor trustee will have to do when the time comes. This book shows every trustee how to handle paperwork, keep beneficiaries informed, and get help from experts if necessary.

The California Probate Paralegal

Author: Dianna L. Noyes
Publisher: Ingram
ISBN: 9781611634525
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The California Probate Paralegal, Second Edition, is a comprehensive textbook for students and practicing paralegals in California. It covers the nuts and bolts of probate, estate planning and administration using a balanced approach of theory and application. The textbook includes the history of probate and estate planning, as well as the most current, up-to-date information about estate planning and administration.This textbook provides state specific statutes, rules, and procedures and step-by-step guidance in preparing California Judicial Council forms and pleadings. Forms and practical examples are used throughout the book as they apply to typical probate and estate issues a paralegal will face in the law firm.The book is written for all levels – students as well as practicing paralegals. Readers will enjoy this topical and easy to follow textbook and will refer to it again and again as a valuable desk reference in their daily work as a probate/estate planning paralegal.