Lexington Wills & Probate Lawyer, Kentucky


Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills

W. Thomas Bunch

Bankruptcy, Business Organization, Estate Administration, Litigation
Status:  In Good Standing           

Caryn L. Belobraidich

Wills & Probate, Consumer Protection, Corporate, Commercial Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Adele Burt Brown

Wills & Probate, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Edwin H. Clark

Corporate, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years
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Lisa J. Oeltgen

Wills & Probate, Trusts, Family Law, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

Thomas Martin Cothran

Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Trusts
Status:  In Good Standing           

John Palmer Cornett

Wills & Probate, Civil Rights, Securities, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Christopher M Clendenen

Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

William R. Hilliard

Equine, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

D B Kazee

Immigration, Divorce & Family Law, Living Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

OFFICER

A person elected by a profit or nonprofit corporation's board of directors, or by the manager of a limited liability company, to manage the day-to-day operation... (more...)
A person elected by a profit or nonprofit corporation's board of directors, or by the manager of a limited liability company, to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. Officers generally hold titles such as President or Treasurer. Many states and most corporate bylaws or LLC operating agreements require a corporation or LLC to have a president, secretary and treasurer. Election of a vice president may be required by state law.

HEIR APPARENT

One who expects to be receive property from the estate of a family member, as long as she outlives that person.

INTER VIVOS TRUST

The Latin name, favored by some lawyers, for a living trust. 'Inter vivos' is Latin for 'between the living.'

CURATOR

See conservator.

RESIDUARY ESTATE

The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court c... (more...)
The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court costs are paid. The residuary estate also includes any gifts under a will that fail or lapse. For example, Connie's will leaves her house and all its furnishings to Andrew, her VW bug to her friend Carl, and the remainder of her property (the residuary estate) to her sister Sara. She doesn't name any alternate beneficiaries. Carl dies before Connie. The VW bug becomes part of the residuary estate and passes to Sara, along with all of Connie's property other than the house and furnishings. Also called the residual estate or residue.

NONPROBATE

The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surv... (more...)
The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surviving spouse and property left outside of a will through probate-avoidance methods such as pay-on-death designations, joint tenancy ownership, living trusts and life insurance. Property that avoids probate is sometimes described as the 'nonprobate estate.' Nonprobate distribution may also occur if the deceased person leaves an invalid will. In that case, property will pass according to the particular state's laws of intestate succession.

BEQUEATH

A legal term sometimes used in wills that means 'leave' -- for example, 'I bequeath my garden tools to my brother-in-law, Buster Jenkins.'

EXECUTOR

The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's... (more...)
The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's left, as specified in the will. The executor also handles any probate court proceedings and notifies people and organizations of the death. Also called personal representatives.

CERTIFIED COPY

A copy of a document issued by a court or government agency guaranteed to be a true and exact copy of the original. Many agencies and institutions require certi... (more...)
A copy of a document issued by a court or government agency guaranteed to be a true and exact copy of the original. Many agencies and institutions require certified copies of legal documents before permitting certain transactions. For example, a certified copy of a death certificate is required before a bank will release the funds in a deceased person's payable-on-death account to the person who has inherited them.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Fischer v. Fischer

... In fact, at trial he acknowledged that he would have cared for his mother regardless of the agreement. After their mother's death and probate was instituted, the brothers could not agree whether John had agreed to take 13% of the entire estate or only 13% of the stocks. ...

Smith v. McCurdy

... Denica as sole beneficiary. Accordingly, the probate court named Denica as executrix of Thelma's estate. Diana, via counsel, contacted Denica's counsel, requesting information concerning the probate matter. Denica was notified ...

Kentucky Bar Ass'n v. Christian

... Croft died on June 13, 2000, and although Christian possessed everything necessary to probate the will within two months of her death, he filed nothing until May 17, 2001. Further, Christian never registered the testamentary trust as required by law. ...