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This office has gone up against attorneys with the top lawyer ratings, who were featured in Super Lawyers for Will Contests. In my client’s opinion, we were successful because the stress, strain and cost of a will contest was avoided. This area of probate administration is one where you’ll find litigation that might be lawyer-driven

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The reason this office seeks to specialize in probate administration is because this area contains 2 dimensions: (1) the legal work necessary; (2) helping all family members through the grief cycle (anger, denial, negotiation, acceptance) that can cause emotion, pent-up pain or resentment, etc. and color the situation and make if more difficult, costly and

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One special area of this section of law is the will contest. Although rare, they do happen. A vital item to note is there are prompt deadlines for contesting wills and affidavits that have to be prepared promptly as well. Our office has inside our conference room, a board and easel detailing the factors necessary

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The key issue for people with any means is – what are the tax implications of someone’s estate; and how can I make sure when I’m gone things will be distributed in the way I choose. The simpler the instrument, the better off you are. The office has seen scads of trusts that are too

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There are two dimensions to probate. The instruments that will be probated: the will – trusts, if made, the preparatory documents (health care proxies, powers of attorney) and the actual administration (informal, formal, among other things). You need two things. Someone experienced with many different drafts available for use. I am here to help create

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One of the tips I’ve gained over 40 years is this: If you draft a will, have the personal representative hold the original (used to be executor/executrix). Not the lawyer. The reason is because a) you may tear up your will, and the lawyer doesn’t know; b) It is the personal representative who will be the

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I call this the Lawyer’s answer, because 9 out of 10 times it is what my response is to a question. “It depends”. It is all relative, so it does depend on the situation – are the families of the deceased in agreement; is there a greedy in-law; who lives where, etc. There’s two dimensions.

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This office seeks to focus and concentrate on probate administration, in part, because I’ve personally seen much delay, abuse and cost be suffered by people because of the lawyers. It wasn’t me, it was Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Warren Burger, who in 1976, remarked, “8 out of 10 attorneys are incompetent, unethical or

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Hello, my name is Kathy, newly appointed volunteer Marketing Director of the Offices of Alexander F. X. Matulewicz. Certainly a unique situation. We will start to post blogs of different varieties such as office news that may be important or enlightening to you. Tips on probating estates, news in probate administration, maybe a little ranting

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There are times a resulting trust, or a guardianship, limited or otherwise, is a necessary ancillary procedure for the probate of an estate. This would be because one of the heirs is handicapped, mentally or physically disabled, or otherwise unable to either assent to proceedings, or manage his or her share of estate proceeds.