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Erick S. Creach

Corporate, Business Organization, Contract, Estate Planning
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Thomas R. B. Ellis

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Wills
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Joe D. Holt

Personal Injury, Wills & Probate, Real Estate
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Thomas M. Dunlap

Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Law, Criminal
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Thomas K. Riley

Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Business Organization
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Garrett S. Taylor

Corporate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Transactions
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  20 Years

Herbert C. Willbrand

Trusts, Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Estate
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Betty K. Wilson

Juvenile Law, Adoption, Wills & Probate, Family Law
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Chad Caraker

Landlord-Tenant, Wills, Gift Taxation, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years

Elisha Gilmore

Landlord-Tenant, Wills & Probate, Collection, Personal Injury
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LEGAL TERMS

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.

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

TITLE COMPANY

A company that issues title insurance.

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.'

LIFE BENEFICIARY

A person who receives benefits, under a trust or by will, for his or her lifetime. For an example, see AB trust.

FAMILY POT TRUST

See pot trust.

TRUSTEE POWERS

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

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.

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to ... (more...)
A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his will Jake leaves his collection of sheet music to his daughter, Mia, and names the local symphony as alternate beneficiary. When Jake dies, Mia decides that the symphony can make better use of the sheet music than she can, so she refuses (disclaims) the gift, and the manuscripts pass directly to the symphony. In insurance law, the alternate beneficiary, usually the person who receives the insurance proceeds because the initial or primary beneficiary has died, is called the secondary or contingent beneficiary.