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Role of Estate Planning Attorneys

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Estate planning attorneys serve an important function before and during the administration of an estate. With a well-crafted estate plan, a person can be sure that their estate will pass to their chosen beneficiaries in accordance with their needs. An estate planning and elder law attorney can also help protect the client’s interests in… Read More »

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How Attorneys Can Benefit From a Forensic Genealogist

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Forensic genealogists work hand-in-hand with attorneys. Whether you are a probate attorney representing an estate, the estate administrator, or the representative of a client vying for an inheritance, forensic genealogy provides an essential service to serve your client’s interests and protect your law practice. Read on to learn how a forensic genealogist can help… Read More »

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Missing Heir Could Decide the Fate of a Public Park

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Finding the right heir to an estate is important for several reasons. It ensures that family wealth is kept in the family, the wishes of the decedent can be upheld, and parties who have the legal right to inherit are given the opportunity to collect that which belongs to them. Normally, identifying the right… Read More »

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How the World of Unregulated Heir Hunters Overcharge Beneficiaries

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It is important to note that the term “Heir Hunters” refers to those who are acting in that capacity without the knowledge or authority of the administrators, personal representatives, or their attorneys, or on behalf of or accountable to those parties who are responsible for an estate where there may be missing heirs or… Read More »

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Probate 101: What to Know Before You Research a Deceased

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Building a genealogical tree is a multi-step, complex process. Establishing a complete picture of a decedent’s heritage may be necessary when administering probate in order to find the proper heirs to the estate. Below, we offer a few tips for estate administrators and family members conducting research in connection with probate. For qualified, comprehensive… Read More »

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How Forensic Genealogy Can Help You

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Forensic genealogy is not a commonly-known practice area. Most people do not know what a forensic genealogist does, if they’ve even heard of the profession. Forensic genealogists perform an important service for estate administrators and others in need of accurate pictures of heirship and genealogy. Read on for a discussion of the important functions… Read More »

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Heir Locator Services: After Finding Heirs, What’s Next

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If you are the administrator of an estate and the decedent passed away without a valid will or trust accounting for their assets, their estate will pass to familial relations in accordance with intestacy laws. Unless the heirs to an estate are abundantly clear–a surviving spouse and surviving children of the deceased, for example–it… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About an Heir-At-Law

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Ideally, all of a decedent’s assets will be accounted for in a will, trust, and/or other estate planning instruments. In many cases, however, people pass away before executing a will, the proper beneficiaries predecease the testator, or other obstacles arise. When someone dies without a will, their estate will go through the probate process,… Read More »

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What Is an Affidavit of Heirship?

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When a person dies without a will, it can give rise to a number of challenges. It can be difficult to corral all of their assets as well as to identify who should inherit what. Often, estates without a will wind up in probate court, which can be time-consuming and costly. Some states offer… Read More »

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Signs of Predatory Heir Hunters

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Predatory heir hunters are a common nuisance. They scour obituaries and databases to find unclaimed estates, identify the heirs, and then demand the rightful heirs pay exorbitant sums just to get the inheritance to which they are legally entitled. They prey on the fact that most people don’t know the law and don’t know… Read More »