Will Life Insurance Proceeds Have to Go Through Probate?

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Will Life Insurance Proceeds Have to Go Through Probate?

One common question people with life insurance policies have is whether or not they need to worry about proceeds from those policies passing through probate. The good news is that rarely will those payouts be subject to the probate process, so long as you have stayed up to date with your beneficiary designations. However, if […]

Is it Possible to Have a Personal Representative Removed?

As someone planning an estate, it is important you put the proper time and thought into the selection of the best possible personal representative for your estate. Your chosen representative should be someone without conflicts of interest in your estate matters, who is capable of handling all the various tasks associated with the position, who […]

Do Life Insurance Proceeds Go Through the Probate Process?

In most circumstances, life insurance payouts do not go through probate. As long as you have your beneficiary designations in order, there should not be any issue with your chosen beneficiaries getting the money they are owed after you pass. However, you may need to conduct some extra planning if you will potentially owe estate […]

Can You Quitclaim Property Rather Than Leaving it In a Will?

It’s common for people to use wills or trusts to leave behind property to loved ones. However, there are other options available, such as gifting property or using a quitclaim for real estate. You do have the ability to  deed your property to others during your life.  People sometimes refer to that as quitclaiming property, […]

In Which Circumstances Can an Estate Entirely Avoid Probate?

There are some circumstances in which Florida estates do not have to go through the probate process. This usually happens when the deceased person leaves very little behind in terms of assets or property. Florida offers what is called Disposition Without Administration, a process that lets a person who paid for the final expenses of […]

What Happens with Debts when You Pass Away?

There are a few types of debt that will be forgiven upon your death. However, in most cases, debts and other financial obligations you have will be paid out of your estate. The following is a quick look at some of the most common types of debts and how they get handled when the debtor […]

Important Information on Selecting a Successor Trustee

Whenever you develop a living trust, you must decide who will be your successor trustee. This is the person who will take control of your trust assets upon your passing or if you become medically incapacitated. Below are some of the considerations to keep in mind when making this decision: The role of the successor […]

What You Cannot Change by Avoiding Probate

Avoiding probate is one of the more common goals people have when they’re engaged in estate planning. Although there are numerous trusts and other estate planning tools that can help you circumvent probate, it is important to remember that bypassing probate does not allow you to avoid other important obligations. Below are a few examples […]