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Marcus N. Seiter

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Trusts, Power of Attorney, Estate Planning, Living Wills

I am passionate about helping people formulate plans to reach their goals. Since 1999, I have been involved in that process with hundreds of clients ... (more)

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Michelle Thompson

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate Planning

Michelle graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Politics. After undergradu... (more)

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Paul S. Rowley

Family Law, Corporate, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
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Corporate, Business Organization, Elder Law, Estate Planning
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Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Tax
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Wills & Probate, Corporate, Estate Planning
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Chris J. Dutkiewicz

Bankruptcy, Corporate, Estate Administration, Estate Planning
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Family Law, Corporate, Estate Planning, Employment
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LEGAL TERMS

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.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.

CONSERVATOR

Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of th... (more...)
Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of the estate.' One who takes care of personal matters, such as healthcare and living arrangements, is known as a 'conservator of the person.' Sometimes, one conservator is appointed to handle all these tasks. Depending on where you live, a conservator may also be called a guardian, committee or curator.

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.

POUR-OVER WILL

A will that 'pours over' property into a trust when the will maker dies. Property left through the will must go through probate before it goes into the trust.

DEVISEE

A person or entity who inherits real estate under the terms of a will.

LIVING TRUST

A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the t... (more...)
A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the trust during your life passes directly to the trust beneficiaries after you die, without court involvement. The successor trustee--the person you appoint to handle the trust after your death--simply transfers ownership to the beneficiaries you named in the trust. Living trusts are also called 'inter vivos trusts.'

TRUSTEE

The person who manages assets owned by a trust under the terms of the trust document. A trustee's purpose is to safeguard the trust and distribute trust income ... (more...)
The person who manages assets owned by a trust under the terms of the trust document. A trustee's purpose is to safeguard the trust and distribute trust income or principal as directed in the trust document. With a simple probate-avoidance living trust, the person who creates the trust is also the trustee.

FUNDING A TRUST

Transferring ownership of property to a trust.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF RYE

... testified convincingly and presented persuasive evidence that there was no intent to transfer any ownership interest in the house to Wife." The trial court explained that "[i]n making this decision, the court relies on the fact that the purpose behind the Trust was estate planning . . . ...

COCHENNOUR v. DELOUGHERY

... For the following reasons, we affirm. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY. ¶2 In 2007, Cochennour hired Deloughery to prepare an amendment to his mother's trust and other estate-planning documents. After her death, a petition was filed to invalidate these documents. ...

Doherty v. NOTHWEHR

... Responding to Petitioner's contention that she spoke many times to McCabe lawyers about marital finance matters, a McCabe lawyer testified that Mr. Doherty asked him to work with Petitioner in support of Mr. Doherty's estate planning, meaning that the law firm would deliver ...