Learn about wills, trusts, probate and more. You'll find lots of free legal articles on a wide variety of topics with a special emphasis on information for executors of an estate and trustees.
What is a Living Will?
The terms "living will", "health care directive", and "advance directive", all refer to the legal document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care.
Why You Need a Will
Everyone should have the most basic estate planning document: a simple will.
What Does The Executor Do When There's No Will?
If you're the executor and can't find a will--or the will you've got isn't valid--state law steps in.
What is a Living Trust?
Revocable living trusts, created to avoid the expense and delay of probate, are the most common kind of trust.
Do You Need a Living Trust or Other Type of Trust?
Depending on the specifics of your life and family situation, a trust - living or other - may be a good idea. Here is an overview of what a living trust can do, as well as some other less common trust options.
What Are The Executor's Duties?
Here’s a summary of what you’ll be doing when you serve as an executor.
How to Read a Will
It's not always easy going, so here's a guide to help you through the will.
Will Probate Be Necessary?
Executors might be pleasantly surprised to find that they won't need to conduct a whole probate court proceeding.
Steps in the Probate Process: An Overview
Here's a roadmap of the common steps involved in the probate process.
Transferring Real Estate After Death
How you can transfer real estate in the estate to the new owner depends on how title was held by the deceased.
Handling Bank Account Funds in an Estate
What happens to cash accounts that belonged to the deceased person? It depends on how the accounts were held.
Do You Need to Pay Inheritance Tax?
Get an introduction on inheritance taxes - who needs to pay them, and on what inherited assets?
Who Has To Pay Federal Estate Tax?
Only very wealthy families need to bother with estate tax planning.