In this vlog, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates Attorney Maggie A. LaBranch-Gonzales discusses the Estate of Sanchez, Sixth Appellate District. In the Estate of Sanchez, the appeals court upheld that a personal representative may not represent the estate in propria persona (without the assistance of an attorney) even in the probate action on claims pursued for the benefit of the estate’s beneficiaries. Maggie discusses some elements of the case and the importance of hiring a probate attorney … [Read more...] about The Importance of Hiring a Probate Attorney (VIDEO)
Many Estate Planning attorneys have fielded a question regarding whether an Estate Plan was necessary, or whether a Will is necessary if the client has a Revocable Trust. Let’s settle the debate now. Even in an Estate Plan based upon a Revocable Trust, Wills play an important role. Everyone with an Estate Plan needs to have a Will because certain things can only be done with a Will. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about The Wonder of Wills
In this vlog, Attorney Justin M. Kennedy discusses Aretha Franklin's unsettled estate, which, five years after her death, is going to trial due to the discovery of two different handwritten wills. Note: A jury in Michigan has ruled that a handwritten will found under Aretha Franklin's couch cushion is valid as her will, according to the Associated Press. … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin’s Unsettled Estate (VIDEO)
A lot of people without estate plans do not take action because they don’t know where to begin. With this in mind, let’s look at five tips that should provide some insight and motivation. Focus on Your Family Estate planning can seem like a somber responsibility that is easy to put off, and the years of inaction can start to add up. You may know that you should put a plan in place, but it is easy to convince yourself that there is time to do it later. Indeed, you may live a long and full … [Read more...] about Five Tips for Planning Your Estate Effectively
Probate is the legal process that occurs after someone dies, where their assets are distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries. While probate can be a necessary and important process, it can also be time-consuming, expensive, and stressful for those involved. For this reason, many people choose to avoid probate altogether. In this post, we will explore why you would want to avoid probate. Time-Consuming One of the main reasons people want to avoid probate is because it can be a lengthy … [Read more...] about What Is Probate and Why Do People Avoid It?
In this Vlog, Attorney Justin M. Kennedy discusses his new book "Yes, You Need an Estate Plan!" Justin illustrates in this Vlog that everyone over the age of 18 needs some sort of estate plan, and the documents which should be included in an estate plan can change over the course of someone's life. For more information on Justin's book, visit www.attorneyoffice.com/book. … [Read more...] about Yes, You Need an Estate Plan! (VIDEO)