Jennie Lin is a Legal Editor in estate planning at Nolo. She writes for Nolo.com and other sites in the Nolo Network and edits a variety of Nolo books.
Legal career. Previously, Jennie was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York, where she worked in several practice areas before settling into international arbitration. She has also interned at a state attorney general's office, the Housing Law Clinic at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, MA, and the Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Education. Jennie holds a BA from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Writing career. Jennie has also worked as a writer/editor for the last decade. She has written for companies and publications including Yahoo!, Kimpton Hotels, The New York Times, and NewYorker.com. She is thrilled to be working at Nolo in a rare position that allows her to utilize her expertise in both law and writing on a daily basis. She finds it especially rewarding to work in estate planning—an area of law that is applicable to pretty much everyone—and to help make the legal system just a touch more approachable.
Articles By Jennie Lin
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If it's available in your state, a transfer on death deed (or beneficiary deed) is an easy way to leave your house to someone after you die. It also keeps your house out of probate.
It's usually difficult to successfully challenge a will--but it happens.
Property held in joint tenancy is usually easy to transfer to the survivor after the other owner dies.
It's not enough just to find the will--the executor also must make sure that the will-maker didn't revoke or replace it later.
The word “children” in a will might seem simple, but it can get complicated due to circumstances like adoptions, stepparent relationships, and timing.
Can you "fire" the executor? A court can always remove an executor who is dishonest or seriously incompetent.
The person who serves as the "executor" of a living trust is called the "successor trustee."
Find out if you can skip probate and claim your inheritance using a simple sworn statement or affidavit.