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Typical duties of an estate executor

The exact duties that are given to the estate executor may vary a bit, depending on precisely how the will is written and what desires the deceased had for the estate. However, there are some standard duties that are typically involved, and it's important to have a good grasp of how this process works if you're tasked with that responsibility.

What should an executor do about a willed home?

One of the most valuable assets many people own is their home. Not only is it likely one of the more valuable assets with regard to money, it's also something that has sentimental value to many. Heirs might have grown up in the home or remember fond occasions spent there, so it's not surprising that the family house is often at the heart of probate disputes. For an executor, there are numerous ways to misstep when dealing with a family home that has been willed to multiple people. Here are some tips for keeping ahead of the conflict.

Sports-team owner settles lawsuit with heirs

Tom Benson, who owns several sports teams including the NFL's Saints, has reportedly agreed to a settlement in a case that involved the Saints, the Pelicans and some of Benson's heirs. The lawsuit has been in the news on and off for a few years, and it's brought up a number of interesting estate questions.

Comprehensive protection of your assets in late life

As you age, your assets can become a foundation for your entire life. The savings you worked hard to accumulate, your access to certain benefits and pension payments and your home are just some of the things that might help you live independently and comfortably in your later years. These assets might also be leveraged should you require special medical care during retirement.

Ed Sheeren involved in lawsuit with musical heirs

Marvin Gaye's heirs aren't newbies to protecting what they perceive to be their interests in the iconic musician's legacy. They've previously successfully sued songwriters and artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. In the past lawsuit, they claimed the duo ripped off part of one of Marvin Gaye's songs to create a new song. The heirs are now suing singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran for the same reason.

We help you shield assets for the future

Whether you are trying to protect your assets to create a stable financial foundation for later years or you want to protect wealth for the sake of your heirs or children, our firm can help, especially if you are also facing a disability that seems to be sapping your income today. Our experience in both disability and estate law lets us review your situation and offer realistic, helpful legal advice that can make a different for your future and that of your family.

Understanding when a special needs trust is warranted

If you have a loved one who has special needs or is disabled, it's natural that you might want to provide for him or her as long as possible. This is especially true if that loved one is one of your children. For parents of disabled or special needs children, the question of life-long support can be a stressful one, and balancing all of the options to provide the best possible benefits can seem impossible.

What information do you need when meeting with a probate lawyer?

The type of information you might need when meeting with a probate lawyer depends on your own situation and what you want to accomplish. However, if you are meeting with an attorney following the death of someone in your family, there are some common pieces of information that can help the lawyer help you.

Can heirs and beneficiaries ever reject an inheritance?

Many heirs and beneficiaries consider inheritances a blessing from their loved one. It might surprise some people to know that not everyone accepts an inheritance. There are some instances in which rejecting the inheritance might be the best option.

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