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Dathan L. Weems

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Accident & Injury, Medical Malpractice, Mediation, Family Law, Wills

The Dathan Weems Law Firm, LLC is a New Mexico law firm specializing in serious injury and wrongful death cases. Additionally, we represent parties ... (more)

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Levi Michael Chavez, II

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Criminal, Family Law, Wills & Probate, Estate, Government

Attorney Levi M. Chavez, II is a former lawman who will wage war against your prosecution. Levi knows what it's like to be accused of a crime you d... (more)

Peter V. Domenici Lawyer

Peter V. Domenici

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Environmental Law, Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Natural Resources, Military & Veterans Appeals

Mr. Domenici is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Law School and a member of the New Mexico Bar. He has been practicing law since 1986. Mr. ... (more)

Gregory W. MacKenzie Lawyer

Gregory W. MacKenzie

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Real Estate, Estate, Wills, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning

Greg has been a partner at Hurley Toevs Styles Hamblin & Panter PA since 2008. He was formerly a partner of the trust and estate litigation firm of Po... (more)

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John J. Carmody

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Wills & Probate, Paternity, Child Custody

John J. Carmody has been practicing law in Albuquerque since 1973. He has represented clients of all forums, including complex trials to high dollar l... (more)

Elizabeth Valentine Han Lawyer

Elizabeth Valentine Han

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Children's Rights, Criminal, Wills

Elizabeth Valentine (V.) Han is the owner and sole practitioner at the Law Office of Elizabeth V. Han. Professionally, she obtained her license to... (more)

Gregory M. Segura Lawyer

Gregory M. Segura

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Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Business Organization

Gregory Segura has been a practicing attorney for over 5 years. He started his legal career serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque,... (more)

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Real Estate, Corporate, Trusts, Wills & Probate
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Michael A. Peters

Business Organization, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Corporate
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Real Estate, Corporate, Estate, Wills & Probate
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LEGAL TERMS

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

RESIDUARY BENEFICIARY

A person who receives any property by a will or trust that is not specifically left to another designated beneficiary. For example, if Antonio makes a will leav... (more...)
A person who receives any property by a will or trust that is not specifically left to another designated beneficiary. For example, if Antonio makes a will leaving his home to Edwina and the remainder of his property to Elmo, then Elmo is the residuary beneficiary.

CONSERVATOR

Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of th... (more...)
Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of the estate.' One who takes care of personal matters, such as healthcare and living arrangements, is known as a 'conservator of the person.' Sometimes, one conservator is appointed to handle all these tasks. Depending on where you live, a conservator may also be called a guardian, committee or curator.

SUMMARY PROBATE

A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are ... (more...)
A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are complicated, but a few examples include estates worth up to $100,000 in California; New York estates where property, excluding real estate and amounts that must be set aside for surviving family members, is worth $20,000 or less; and Texas estates where the value of property doesn't exceed what is needed to pay a family allowance and certain creditors.

REMAINDERMAN

Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderma... (more...)
Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderman because he will inherit the home in the future, after Alma dies.

ENTITY

An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from i... (more...)
An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from its individual members--for example, a corporation, partnership, trust, estate or government agency. The entity is treated like a person; it can function legally, be sued, and make decisions through agents.

REAL ESTATE AGENT

A foot soldier of the real estate business who shows houses and does most of the other nitty-gritty tasks associated with selling real estate. An agent must hav... (more...)
A foot soldier of the real estate business who shows houses and does most of the other nitty-gritty tasks associated with selling real estate. An agent must have a state license and be supervised by a real estate broker. Most agents are completely dependent upon commissions from sellers for their income, so it pays to find out which side the agent represents (buyer, seller or both) before you place too much trust in the agent's opinion.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to ... (more...)
A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and children during the time it takes to probate the estate. The amount is determined by state law and varies greatly from state to state.

SUCCESSION

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which d... (more...)
The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Karpien v. Karpien

... 4-20 (1993) is controlling, that marital property and debt covered by Section 40-4-20 is divided and distributed according to New Mexico domestic relations law, that debt incurred after the death of the decedent spouse is separate debt to be dealt with through probate, and that ...

Oldham v. Oldham

... {1} This case requires us to interpret and harmonize potentially conflicting provisions within our domestic relations, probate, and trust ... {6} After Husband's death, Son filed an application in the probate court for informal appointment as personal representative of Husband's estate. ...

Oldham v. Oldham

... Accordingly, we reverse and remand for the appointment of someone other than Wife as a substitute personal representative or administrator to complete the pending divorce proceedings pursuant to Section 40-4-20(B) before continuing the probate proceedings. ...