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LEGAL TERMS

PRETERMITTED HEIR

A child or spouse who is not mentioned in a will and whom the court believes was accidentally overlooked by the person who made the will. For example, a child b... (more...)
A child or spouse who is not mentioned in a will and whom the court believes was accidentally overlooked by the person who made the will. For example, a child born or adopted after the will is made may be deemed a pretermitted heir. If the court determines that an heir was accidentally omitted, that heir is entitled to receive the same share of the estate as she would have if the deceased had died without a will. A pretermitted heir is sometimes called an 'omitted heir.'

SUMMARY PROBATE

A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are ... (more...)
A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are complicated, but a few examples include estates worth up to $100,000 in California; New York estates where property, excluding real estate and amounts that must be set aside for surviving family members, is worth $20,000 or less; and Texas estates where the value of property doesn't exceed what is needed to pay a family allowance and certain creditors.

SURROGATE COURT

See probate court.

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

TITLE COMPANY

A company that issues title insurance.

HOLOGRAPHIC WILL

A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many stat... (more...)
A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many states, making a holographic will is never advised except as a last resort.

GENERATION-SKIPPING TRANSFER TAX

A federal tax imposed on money placed in a generation-skipping trust. Currently, there is a $1 million exemption to the GSTT; that is, each person may leave $1 ... (more...)
A federal tax imposed on money placed in a generation-skipping trust. Currently, there is a $1 million exemption to the GSTT; that is, each person may leave $1 million in a generation-skipping trust free of this tax. The GSST is imposed when the middle-generation beneficiaries die and the property is transferred to the third-generation beneficiaries. Every dollar over $1 million is subject to the highest existing estate tax rate--currently 55%--at the time the GSTT tax is applied.

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

TRUSTEE POWERS

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

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Stansfield

... 4 According to Stansfield, he was retained solely to probate the estate to facilitate collection of the Farmers insurance money. ... It is uncontested that Stansfield promptly filed the probate in Grant County Superior Court and Urquilla was appointed personal representative. ...

Perrin v. Stensland

... 7 On August 15, 2006, the Van Weerdhuizens' son, Dale, was appointed personal representative of Gordon's estate in a probate opened in Whatcom County. The probate file included Gordon's will, in which Hattie was the first nominee for personal representative. ...

IN RE ESTATE OF PALMER

... [7]. ¶ 13 Under RCW 11.24.010, an interested party must contest a will within four months following probate. The trial court admitted the Palmers' wills to probate on June 22, 2004. ... If no person shall appear within the time under this section, the probate ... ...