Probate

Which Avoids Probate, A Last Will & Testament or a Revocable Living Trust?

Which Avoids Probate, A Last Will & Testament or a Revocable Living Trust?

For those who want to avoid the court-controlled process that takes place after a person’s death (known as “probate”) – using a Revocable Living Trust is typically the best way to do so. This document allows a married couple or a single individual to direct what shall happen to their assets and possessions. It will also indicate who will be in charge of carrying out those instructions, without the need for the involvement of a probate court judge. 

How Often Should You Review Your Estate Planning Documents?

How Often Should You Review Your Estate Planning Documents?

A question I regularly hear regarding all types of estate planning documents is “how often should this be updated?” The answer depends, of course, on the individual circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines that can be helpful. Two questions to think about regarding updating your legal documents include – have there been any major life events since the documents were last updated, and have you looked through the documents in the past 2 years?

Is it Important to Avoid Probate When You Die?

Is it Important to Avoid Probate When You Die?

When I first meet with clients they frequently tell me that they need to “avoid probate”. They less frequently know what probate is, or why they want to avoid it. To determine if you should be trying to avoid probate, you must first know a little about probate.