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Leon A. Thurman

Family Law, Commercial Real Estate, Criminal, Wills
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  52 Years

Bobby Chad Williams

Family Law, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

Donald N. Seamster

Wills, Estate, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  54 Years

Daryl Ray Hayes

Personal Injury, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years
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S. Clinton Nix

Wills, Estate, Elder Law, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  38 Years

Allicyn Brooke Ivy

Wills, Elder Law, Business & Trade, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  14 Years

Catherine Ann Kim Fowlkes

Wills, Estate, Elder Law, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Charles E. Rice

State Appellate Practice, Wills, Criminal, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Christopher Michael Riley

Wills, Business & Trade, Non-profit, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Allen D. Glenn

Wills, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  68 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

HOLOGRAPHIC WILL

A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many stat... (more...)
A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many states, making a holographic will is never advised except as a last resort.

FUNDING A TRUST

Transferring ownership of property to a trust.

QDOT TRUST

A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spo... (more...)
A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spouse. QDOT stands for qualified domestic trust.

FAMILY POT TRUST

See pot trust.

AUGMENTED ESTATE

In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used on... (more...)
In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used only in some states. Its value is calculated only if a surviving spouse declines whatever he or she was left by will and instead claims a share of the deceased spouse's estate. (This is called taking against the will.) The amount of this 'statutory share' or 'elective share' depends on state law.

TRUSTEE POWERS

The provisions in a trust document defining what the trustee may and may not do.

CONTINGENT BENEFICIARY

1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisf... (more...)
1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisfied. For example, if Fred is entitled to take property under a will only if he's married at the time of the will maker's death, Fred is a contingent beneficiary. Similarly, if Ellen is named to receive a house only in the event her mother, who has been named to live in the house, moves out of it, Ellen is a contingent beneficiary.

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

CREDIT SHELTER TRUST

See AB trust.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Tyner

Lacey Westbrook appeals from an adverse summary judgment rendered in the declaratory judgment action she initiated to have JW Tyner's will construed. Westbrook contends the trial court erroneously determined that she is not a beneficiary under the will, set the wrong postjudgment ...

In re Estate of Rhea

In October 2005, Charlotte and Trenton notified Charles of their intent to remove Wanda's personal property from the marital home. Charles labeled some of the possessions in the home to mark his own separate property, then left the house from November 11 through November 14. ...

In re Estate of Gaines

In eight issues, appellants argue (1) the trial court improperly disqualified Davis from serving as the independent executor because no motion to disqualify or opposition was filed, (2) the trial court erred in requiring Davis to turn over funds, (3) the trial court erred in denying ...