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December 2017 Archives

Navigating federal estate taxes

Only a small minority of people are affected by federal estate tax. In fact, between December 2012 and March 2016, only .2 percent of Americans needed to pay federal taxes on their estate. However, state taxes are still applicable to many Americans today.

Avoiding undue influence claims in your will

Creating a will or a trust is as much about planning the legacy that you will leave for future generations as it is about achieving a peace of mind for yourself so that you know everything will be taken care of at the end of your life. In this way, it is natural for people to be concerned about relatively common problems that occur in relation to wills, trusts and probate. One of these issues is when loved ones appeal against the conclusion of the will based on the grounds of undue influence.

Getting a grip on administering your late spouse's estate

When you are in the midst of your grief following a spouse's death, carrying out even the simplest of tasks can be too difficult. You might prefer to stay in bed all day mourning your loss. However, you may be the one tasked with the responsibility of administering the estate.

Why should I get my will notarized?

After a person dies, the will that he or she left will be put forward for probate so that the proceedings can begin. However, it cannot just be taken for granted that the will was written by the person in question. It must be "proved."

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