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Lucinda Kil Gillis

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Accident & Injury, Estate, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Social Security -- Disability
Attorney and Registered Nurse practicing in Injuries, Medical Malpractice, Work Injuries, Disability

Lucinda Kil Gillis is an attorney and RN, specializes in Worker's Compensation, Social Security Disability, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Acci... (more)

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James Henry Lockwood Lawyer

James Henry Lockwood

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Employment, Estate

As a person who has experienced a disability as well as the trials and tribulations that go along with it, I know how crucial fair treatment before th... (more)

Richard E. Bryant Lawyer

Richard E. Bryant

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Estate, Accident & Injury, Lawsuit & Dispute, Real Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt

Richard E Bryant, a native of Elkhart IN, has been licensed to practice law since 2010. He graduated the Thomas Cooley Law School and is a member of t... (more)

David Arthur Wemhoff

Criminal, Accident & Injury, Estate, Intellectual Property
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  33 Years

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Michael C. Murphy

Health Care, Wills, Wills & Probate, Trusts
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Thomas S. Botkin

Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Corporate, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

Ronald J. Jaicomo

Corporate, Trusts, Gift Taxation
Status:  In Good Standing           

Thomas Clement Sopko

Merger & Acquisition, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Jennifer L. VanderVeen

Tax, Estate, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  14 Years

John Henry Peddycord

Commercial Real Estate, Estate Planning, State and Local, Real Estate
Status:  Inactive           

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LEGAL TERMS

DISINHERIT

To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit prope... (more...)
To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit property -- a close family member, for example -- should not receive it. In most states, you cannot completely disinherit your spouse; a surviving spouse has the right to claim a portion (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's estate. With a few exceptions, however, you can expressly disinherit children.

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to ... (more...)
A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his will Jake leaves his collection of sheet music to his daughter, Mia, and names the local symphony as alternate beneficiary. When Jake dies, Mia decides that the symphony can make better use of the sheet music than she can, so she refuses (disclaims) the gift, and the manuscripts pass directly to the symphony. In insurance law, the alternate beneficiary, usually the person who receives the insurance proceeds because the initial or primary beneficiary has died, is called the secondary or contingent beneficiary.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to ... (more...)
A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and children during the time it takes to probate the estate. The amount is determined by state law and varies greatly from state to state.

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.

KINDRED

Under some state's probate codes, all relatives of a deceased person.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to t... (more...)
Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to the state. Some states have public administrators who are responsible for temporarily preserving the assets of an estate if there are disputes about specific provisions in the will or about who will be appointed the regular administrator.

SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR

(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 spe... (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

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

QDOT TRUST

A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spo... (more...)
A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spouse. QDOT stands for qualified domestic trust.

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