Probate

How to Override a Power of Attorney

Can You Override a Power of Attorney?

Can you override a power of attorney? Medical and financial powers of attorney (POA) are incredibly powerful and versatile documents. They provide the POA holder, or agent, with the ability to make life-or-death decisions on behalf of the person who executed the POA. However, these powers aren’t without limits, and there are several situations in…

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Does All Property Have to Go Through Probate When Someone Dies?

Does All Property Have to Go Through Probate When Someone Dies?

During the estate planning process, you must decide how you would like your assets to be distributed after you die. Your last will and testament will name someone to act as your personal representative. The will may contain all of your instructions on what to do with your property, but those instructions must go through…

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What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

When an adult is unable to care for themselves due to disability or disease, someone else has to manage their affairs. This is often accomplished by appointing a guardian. When no family member is available to become the guardian, the adult who needs care may become a ward of the state. What is a Ward…

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What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

When you obtain permanent guardianship of a child, you are requesting the creation of a permanent legal relationship between you, as the guardian, and the child. There are many U.S. courts that will allow permanent guardianship through the court process if it is deemed in the best interest of the child.  Once granted permanent guardianship, the…

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Which is Better? Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

Which is Better, Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

When you have a loved one who needs assistance making financial or medical decisions, you may find yourself wondering whether it is better to obtain a power of attorney or to seek a guardianship to help assist them with these matters. Which one will provide you with the best chance to take care of their…

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On The Hunt: How to Find the Best Estate Planning Lawyer

Putting together a will is something that no one wants to think about, but it is crucial when it comes to handling your wealth and finances. Planning your estate requires the help and experience of a lawyer. They will help you make sense of the process so that you and your family members are covered….

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How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

  Who Would Raise Your Children If Something Happened to You? Honestly, no one wants to think about this question. It’s an implicit reminder that we are indeed mortal, and, in some cases, we may leave this world before we are ready.  Who will you leave your child with if you die?  What are our…

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