Posts Tagged Probate


What if There is No Last Will & Testament?

Death Without a Will Unfortunately, it is all too common for a mother or father to die without having made a final Will.  It can create some difficulties for the heirs. It can also bring about some serious family conflicts. In Lake County, Indiana, the probate system is fairly typical of those systems across the […]

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WHAT DOES A TRUSTEE OF A LIVING TRUST DO?

Explanation of a Living Trust Let’s say you own a diamond ring, a house, a cat, furniture, and a bank account with $20,000.00. At law, there are 2 elements of ownership. There is the legal ownership and there is the beneficial ownership of any property (a “property” here means personal property and real estate). In […]

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The Probate Process in the State of Indiana

The Probate Process The Probate process in the State of Indiana and all other states is the lawful inventory, collection and distribution of the assets of a decedent, that is, a person who has died. It is a legal process. This means that the personal property, such as cash, jewels, cars, stocks, bonds, etc., and […]

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Opening an Estate in Lake County, Indiana

The amount of time it takes to probate an estate will vary on the complexity of the estate. It can sometimes take years, but an average time is around one year from the date of death, but it is not unusual for the process to take two or more years.

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Disinheriting Children by Ignorance (and Remarriage)

Father, by not making the right estate planning decisions (essentially, by not doing anything), disinherited his own children. Those who should have inherited his estate, have lost it all and strangers now enjoy the fruits of his life of labor that ordinarily would have gone to his own flesh and blood.

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