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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

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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)

Andrea Kurek Slagh

Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate
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Andrea Kurek Slagh

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Estate
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Erica Marie Vicsek

Landlord-Tenant, Immigration, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Car Accident
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Laura Diane Faulstich

Trusts, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  4 Years

Mitchell R. Heppenheimer

Real Estate, Estate, Divorce & Family Law, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

Thomas John Walz

Landlord-Tenant, Trusts, Divorce, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  42 Years

Shawn Peter Ryan

Foreclosure, Litigation, Estate Planning, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

Mark Francis James

Other, Lawsuit & Dispute, Estate, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  35 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

TRUST CORPUS

Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, t... (more...)
Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, that money is the corpus. Sometimes the trust corpus is known as the 'res,' a Latin word meaning 'thing.'

ADEMPTION

The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she di... (more...)
The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she dies. Often this happens because the property has been sold, destroyed or given away to someone other than the beneficiary named in the will. A bequest may also be adeemed when the will maker, while still living, gives the property to the intended beneficiary (called 'ademption by satisfaction'). When a bequest is adeemed, the beneficiary named in the will is out of luck; he or she doesn't get cash or a different item of property to replace the one that was described in the will. For example, Mark writes in his will, 'I leave to Rob the family vehicle,' but then trades in his car in for a jet ski. When Mark dies, Rob will receive nothing. Frustrated beneficiaries may challenge an ademption in court, especially if the property was not clearly identified in the first place.

HEIR APPARENT

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

PUBLISHED WORK

An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public o... (more...)
An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public on an unrestricted basis. It is thus possible to display a work, or distribute it with restrictions on disclosure of its contents, without actually 'publishing' it. Both published and unpublished works are entitled to copyright protection, but some of the rules differ.

ACCUMULATION TRUST

A trust in which the income is retained and not paid out to beneficiaries until certain conditions are met. For example, if Uncle Pierre creates a trust for Nic... (more...)
A trust in which the income is retained and not paid out to beneficiaries until certain conditions are met. For example, if Uncle Pierre creates a trust for Nick's benefit but stipulates that Nick will not get a penny until he gets a Ph.D. in French; Nick is the beneficiary of an accumulation trust.

SUCCESSION

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which d... (more...)
The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.

CERTIFICATION OF TRUST

See abstract of trust.

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.

ESTATE PLANNING

The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your... (more...)
The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your estate may involve making a will, living trust, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney for finances or other documents.