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Andrew J. Thompson Lawyer

Andrew J. Thompson

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Real Estate, Business
Over 27 Years of Legal Experience.

Andrew J Thompson was admitted to practice law in Indiana in 1990. Mr. Thompson has experience in business law, estate planning, creditor and debtor l... (more)

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800-914-5681

Eric Collins Redman Lawyer

Eric Collins Redman

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Family Law, Pharmaceutical Product, Medical Malpractice, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate

Rick Redman represents clients at the state, federal and appellate court level. He focuses his practice on the following areas of law:Corporate Law an... (more)

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800-770-3841

Judy  Leach Lawyer

Judy Leach

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Wills & Probate, Wills

Judy Leach is a practicing lawyer in the state of Indiana.

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800-890-4240

Martha Lee Westbrook Lawyer

Martha Lee Westbrook

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

For most of my clients, visiting a lawyer is something they do rarely. While there are many reasons to see an attorney about positive things, it is mo... (more)

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Angela  Swenson Lawyer

Angela Swenson

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Accident & Injury, Divorce, Wills & Probate

At Swenson & Associates, we strive to provide you with the excellent legal representation that you need. We are available to hear your concerns and qu... (more)

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800-950-8751

Carol A. Sparks Drake

Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Wills & Probate, Government Agencies
Status:  In Good Standing           

Thomas P. Ewbank

Gift Taxation, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
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Linda E. Cantor

Estate Administration, Estate Planning
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Carrie L. Frantz

Wills & Probate, Wills, Bankruptcy, Trusts
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Jennifer R. Mann

Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Law, Adoption
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LEGAL TERMS

FUNDING A TRUST

Transferring ownership of property to a trust.

DOWER AND CURTESY

A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') ... (more...)
A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') refers to the portion to which a surviving wife is entitled, while curtesy refers to what a man may claim. Until recently, these amounts differed in a number of states. However, because discrimination on the basis of sex is now illegal in most cases, most states have abolished dower and curtesy and generally provide the same benefits regardless of sex -- and this amount is often known simply as the statutory share. Under certain circumstances, a living spouse may not be able to sell or convey property that is subject to the other spouse's dower and curtesy or statutory share rights.

ESTATE TAXES

Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and... (more...)
Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and whether or not it goes through probate after your death, is subject to federal estate tax. Currently, however, federal estate tax is due only if your property is worth at least $2 million when you die. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed for one year, in 2010, but Congress will probably make the repeal (or a very high exempt amount) permanent. Any property left to a surviving spouse (if he or she is a U.S. citizen) or a tax-exempt charity is exempt from federal estate taxes. Many states now also impose their own estate taxes or inheritance taxes.

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.

TAKING AGAINST THE WILL

A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property.... (more...)
A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property. The surviving spouse can take that share instead of accepting whatever he or she inherited through the deceased spouse's will. If the surviving spouse decides to take the statutory share, it's called 'taking against the will.' Dower and curtesy is another name for the same legal process.

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

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.

TRUST CORPUS

Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, t... (more...)
Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, that money is the corpus. Sometimes the trust corpus is known as the 'res,' a Latin word meaning 'thing.'

MARITAL LIFE ESTATE TRUST

See AB trust.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Adoption of HNPG

... II. Whether the probate court abused its discretion when it admitted deposition testimony of HNPG's mother over Blake's objection; and,. III. ... On February 23, 2007, the probate court issued findings of fact and conclusions of law and found in pertinent part: ...

In re Estate of Eguia

... Telez appeals the probate court's determination that Esther Eguia, Eleazar Gracia, and Mary Jane Gracia are the trustees of the Sociedad and are entitled in that capacity to receive the property left to the Sociedad. ... Telez opened a probate case on July 11, 2005. ...

First Farmers Bank & Trust Co. v. Whorley

... On January 24, 2002, Zehring passed away and a probate estate was opened on February 7, 2002. ... The next day, the trial court terminated First Farmers' guardianship and First Farmers was appointed executor and personal representative of the probate estate. ...

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