What to do When You Inherit A House in The Bay Area?

What do you do if you inherit a home in the SF Bay area that is not titled in the name of a trust? By now, you are most likely aware that in order to transfer the title of the home's deed, the property will have to go through probate. With real estate values at their...

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Common Mistakes in Probate

Many people have heard of the probate and estate settlement process but wonder what it is and what the probate process entails. To put it simply, probate is the process the probate court uses to make sure the deceased person's creditors are paid through estate...

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What’s so interesting about probate litigation cases?

Whether they involve celebrities or regular people, the stories generated by this area of the law can be intriguing. Take the case of Billy and Kitty Tipton. Never heard of them? Unless you spent a lot of time in Spokane, Washington during the 1980's, I'm not...

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A Probate Lawyer’s View On Solving Legal Problems

To describe how I help people as succinctly as possible, I am a "problem-solver." I try to solve my clients' legal problems, here in Michigan, in the most efficient way possible. Usually, but not always, this involves disputed probate court proceedings, which I, as a...

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Where, oh where, is my will? A cautionary tale

As a family member gets older or sick, many times, another family member will ask them about their estate planning, "Do you have a will?" and they will hear a familiar answer, "I had it done years ago." The concerned family member feels better, "I'm glad they got...

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Investing in Probate Properties

There are a lot of different routes you can take when scouting potential properties to add to your real estate portfolio, but there’s one under-utilized route that can be a major moneymaker for your investment business — and that’s probate properties. The term...

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Pros And Cons of Probate Real Estate

Though they are no longer the largest generational population, the Boomers – who are heading into their sunset years – will continue to possess the most wealth. That is until they pass their assets onto either their Gen X children or Millennial and Gen Z...

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My Estate Plan or Trust Is Old, is that a Problem?

  Having an older Trust or Estate Plan is not, technically, a problem. The age of the Trust is insignificant. However, whenever I see one that is a few years – or decades – old, I almost always see changes that affect the final plans the person had originally...

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