Blog: Estate Planning & Probate

Why do you need a Will?

If you die without a Will, the state takes your place and directs the disposition of your assets. The state intestacy laws are very rigid and control who will succeed to ownership of your property at death. The statutes attempt to be fair and equitable, but they more...

The Basic Estate Plan

The Basic Estate Plan By: Michelle N. Shupe-Abbas, Esq. Everyone should have at least the basic estate plan.  A basic estate plan includes: Last Will and Testament Durable Power of Attorney Health Care Directives, i.e. Living Will, Preneed Guardian Designations,...

What is a Trust?

By: Michelle N. Shupe-Abbas, Esq. What is a Trust?  The word “trust” can be scary for someone that doesn’t understand what is a trust or what are the benefits of having one.  A common misconception about estate planning and trusts, in general, is the belief that a...

Top Five Estate Planning Myths

By Michelle N. Shupe-Abbas, Esq. Estate planning is more than who gets your assets when you are gone. Estate planning is the process of making a plan for health care wishes and final distribution of assets once a person dies.  Many people fail to plan their estate for...

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