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Don’t Say a Little Prayer: Estate Planning Lessons from Aretha Franklin's Probate Trial

Don’t Say a Little Prayer: Estate Planning Lessons from Aretha Franklin's Probate Trial
Iconic artist Aretha Franklin's estate, faced controversy when a second handwritten will, discovered in the cushions of her Detroit home, conflicted with her previously secure 2010 will. The dispute over the validity of these wills led to an expensive jur...
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Dispelling the Myths of Reverse Mortgages in Probate

Dispelling the Myths of Reverse Mortgages in Probate
IntroductionA reverse mortgage is a means for elderly homeowners to pull funds from equity in their home without the need to make regular mortgage payments.[1] In a reverse mortgage, the lender provides funds to the homeowner in lump sum or periodic payments, ...
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Lost but not Forgotten: Lost Wills and How to Establish Them

Thomas Patricks

Sep 1, 2022

Lost but not Forgotten: Lost Wills and How to Establish Them
IntroductionA lost will is a will that a testator was known to have in their possession but cannot be found after they die.[1]In Florida, if a will is lost, the presumption is that the will was destroyed by the testator because the testator wished to revoke it...
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How To Use Estate Planning to Avoid Probate

How To Use Estate Planning to Avoid Probate
While probate ensures full disclosure of a decedent’s real and personal assets, shortens the timeline for creditors’ claims, and reduces the risks of errors in a will, the disadvantages outweigh the benefits. The probate process is time-consuming, has higher e...
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