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Melanie George Smith

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Divorce & Family Law, Mediation, Business, Social Security -- Disability, Estate
The Lawyer Mom. Fierce advocacy and legal expertise you can rely on.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law School, Melanie began her legal career serving as a law cle... (more)

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Dean C. DelCollo

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Consumer Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Social Security -- Disability, Estate Planning

A founding partner in the law firm, Dean DelCollo was born and raised in Hockessin, Delaware. He graduated from Alexis I du Pont High School in 1985. ... (more)

Beverly J. Wik

Estate, Power of Attorney, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  40 Years

Thomas P. Conaty

Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporate, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years
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David C. Gagne

Real Estate, Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Jonathan L. Parshall

Complex Litigation, Estate Planning, Commercial Insurance, Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

William W. Erhart

Elder Law, Estate, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Lydia E. York

Immigration, Estate, DUI-DWI, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  14 Years

Michele L. Muldoon

Traffic, Estate, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Edward Z. Sobocinrki

Estate, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  55 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

LIFE BENEFICIARY

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

BANKRUPTCY ESTATE

All of the property you own when you file for bankruptcy, except for most pensions and educational trusts. The trustee technically takes control of your bankrup... (more...)
All of the property you own when you file for bankruptcy, except for most pensions and educational trusts. The trustee technically takes control of your bankruptcy estate for the duration of your case.

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.

ENDOWMENT INSURANCE

Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death.... (more...)
Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death. If the policy-holder dies sooner, the beneficiary named in the policy receives the proceeds.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

IRREVOCABLE TRUST

A permanent trust. Once you create it, it cannot be revoked, amended or changed in any way.

SPECIFIC BEQUEST

A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequ... (more...)
A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequest fails. In other words, the beneficiary cannot substitute a similar item in the estate. Example: If John leaves his 1954 Mercedes to Patti, and when John dies the 1954 Mercedes is long gone, Patti doesn't receive John's current car or the cash equivalent of the Mercedes. See ademption.

TRUST MERGER

Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separati... (more...)
Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separation between the trustee's legal ownership of trust property from the beneficiary's interest. The trust 'merges' and ceases to exist.

MARITAL LIFE ESTATE TRUST

See AB trust.