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Patrick  Waters Lawyer

Patrick Waters

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Business, Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt

Welcome to Heartland Law Office, PC. My name is Patrick Waters, owner of Heartland Law Office. Together with my wife and paralegal, Tressie Waters, w... (more)

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Gregory C. Larson Lawyer

Gregory C. Larson

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Business, Estate

Gregory C. Larson has been in the practice of law in Bismarck, North Dakota for 37 years, and is a partner of the Larson Latham Huettl Law Firm. His ... (more)

Theresa Luan Kellington Lawyer

Theresa Luan Kellington

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Family Law, Juvenile Law, Estate, Personal Injury

A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Theresa Kellington graduated from San Diego State University in 1989 with a degree in Criminal Justice Administrat... (more)

TaLisa Ann Nemec Lawyer

TaLisa Ann Nemec

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Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts

TaLisa is an attorney located in Mandan, ND. Are you struggling to take care of your child with the current child support payments that you are receiv... (more)

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Norlyn E. Schulz

Conveyancing, Estate Administration, Gift Taxation, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael Geiermann

Education, Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  36 Years

Stephanie Elean Dassinger

Merger & Acquisition, Collection, Elder Law, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

David Michael Knoll

Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Car Accident
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

James W. Martens

Oil & Gas, Energy, Wills & Probate, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  12 Years

Robin Lynn Thompson

Administrative Law, Construction, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

CERTIFICATION OF TRUST

See abstract of trust.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

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.

INCOMPETENCE

The inability, as determined by a court, to handle one's own personal or financial affairs. A court may declare that a person is incompetent after a hearing at ... (more...)
The inability, as determined by a court, to handle one's own personal or financial affairs. A court may declare that a person is incompetent after a hearing at which the person is present and/or represented by an attorney. A finding of incompetence may lead to the appointment of a conservator to manage the person's affairs. Also known as 'incompetency.'

SPRINKLING TRUST

A trust that gives the person managing it (the trustee) the discretion to disburse its funds among the beneficiaries in any way he or she sees fit.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

DISINHERIT

To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit prope... (more...)
To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit property -- a close family member, for example -- should not receive it. In most states, you cannot completely disinherit your spouse; a surviving spouse has the right to claim a portion (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's estate. With a few exceptions, however, you can expressly disinherit children.

LIVING TRUST

A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the t... (more...)
A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the trust during your life passes directly to the trust beneficiaries after you die, without court involvement. The successor trustee--the person you appoint to handle the trust after your death--simply transfers ownership to the beneficiaries you named in the trust. Living trusts are also called 'inter vivos trusts.'