Brinkley Wills & Probate Lawyer, Arkansas


Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills

Robert G. Serio

Estate, Real Estate, Agriculture
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

Philip Hicky

Agriculture, Banking & Finance, Products Liability, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Jessica J. Trail

Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Buck Canyon Gibson

Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years
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Donald Paul Raney

Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Labor Disputes, Municipal
Status:  In Good Standing           

Justin Gabriel Mercer

Corporate, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Contract
Status:  In Good Standing           

Donald E. Kee

Wills, Gift Taxation
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Nikki L. Cox

Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, Estate, Contract
Status:  In Good Standing           

Paul A Schmidt

Personal Injury, White Collar Crime, Divorce, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

G. Michael Millar

Corporate, Oil & Gas, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

NET ESTATE

The value of all property owned at death less liabilities or debts.

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.

PROPERTY CONTROL TRUST

Any trust that imposes limits or controls over the rights of trust beneficiaries. These trusts include (1) special needs trusts designed to assist people who ha... (more...)
Any trust that imposes limits or controls over the rights of trust beneficiaries. These trusts include (1) special needs trusts designed to assist people who have special physical, emotional or other requirements, (2) spendthrift trusts designed to prevent a beneficiary from wasting the trust principal; and (3) sprinkling trusts that allow the trustee to decide how to distribute trust income or principal among the beneficiaries.

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

INTESTATE SUCCESSION

The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest s... (more...)
The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest surviving relatives. In most states, the surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and next of kin inherit, in that order.

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

CURATOR

See conservator.

EXEMPTION TRUST

A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth m... (more...)
A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth more than that amount, it usually goes to the surviving spouse. The trust property passes free from estate tax because of the personal exemption, and the rest is shielded from tax under the surviving spouse's marital deduction.

ADMINISTRATION (OF AN ESTATE)

The court-supervised distribution of the probate estate of a deceased person. If there is a will that names an executor, that person manages the distribution. I... (more...)
The court-supervised distribution of the probate estate of a deceased person. If there is a will that names an executor, that person manages the distribution. If not, the court appoints someone, who is generally known as the administrator. In some states, the person is called the 'personal representative' in either instance.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Edwards v. Nelson

... Kenneth Edwards, Sr. died after a lengthy hospitalization at Mercy on April 4, 2003. On November 10, 2003, Kenneth Edwards, Jr. ("Edwards") was appointed as the administrator of his father's estate in Sebastian County Circuit Court, Probate Division, case number PR-2003 ...

Carmody v. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

... Appellants, Thomas G. Carmody and Dr. Norman C. Savers, Jr., as co-administrators on behalf of the Estate of Helen Virginia Coan, deceased, and on behalf of the heirs of Helen Virginia Coan, appeal the probate order compelling arbitration issued by the Ouachita County ...

Osborn v. Bryant

... 28-41-101 (Repl. 2004 & Supp.2007), and attached her father's will to the affidavit. The same day she filed the affidavit, Brenda also filed a "Notice of Probate." Proof of publication of the notice was subsequently filed on October 14, 1994. ...