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A person or organization legally entitled to receive benefits through a legal device, such as a will, trust or life insurance policy.
A type of trust for wealthy married couples that allows a surviving spouse to postpone estate taxes. A QTIP trust allows the surviving spouse to make use of (more...)
A type of trust for wealthy married couples that allows a surviving spouse to postpone estate taxes. A QTIP trust allows the surviving spouse to make use of the trust property tax-free. Taxes are deferred until the surviving spouse dies and the trust property is received by the final trust beneficiaries, who were named by the first spouse to die.
(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a (more...)
(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee the probate of a wealthy person's art collection, but not the entire estate. (2) A person appointed to be responsible for a deceased person's property for a limited time or during an emergency, such as a challenge to the will or to the qualifications of the named executor. In such cases, the special administrator's duty is to maintain and preserve the estate, not necessarily to take control of the probate process
Any trust designed to make a substantial gift to a charity and also achieve income and estate tax savings for the person who creates the trust (the grantor).
A trust created by a will, effective only upon the death of the willmaker.
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to (more...)
A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to or taken from a worker provides some protection for workers in the event certain types of pension plans cannot pay the benefits to which workers are entitled, and requires that employers provide full and clear information about employees' pension rights, including the way pension benefits accumulate, how the company invests pension funds, and when and how pension benefits can be collected.
failure of issue
A situation in which a person dies without children who could have inherited her property.
A legal term sometimes used in wills that means 'leave' -- for example, 'I bequeath my garden tools to my brother-in-law, Buster Jenkins.'
... 1118 OPINION. CORRIGAN, J.—. In 2003 the Legislature enacted Probate Code section 1516.5,
making it easier for children in probate guardianships to be adopted by their guardians. (Stats.
2003, ch. ... We granted review. II. DISCUSSION. A. Probate Guardianship. ...
... In August 2003, the probate court appointed Lionel B. Sanders, certified public accountant,
conservator of Sylvia's and Louis's estates in the related conservatorships. ... DISCUSSION. 1. The
probate court had jurisdiction in November 2005 to suspend appellant trustee's powers. ...
... (collectively Smith), appeal from a probate court order granting the motion of petitioners Lu Ella
Bennett, Jack H. Bennett, Jr., and Louise Comer to set aside and rescind a settlement agreement
and an assignment of their interests in the estate of Jack Harry Bennett (decedent). ...