Category Archives: Real Property Issues

Can I Sell The Property?

Personal Representatives or heirs are often anxious to sell the real property due to the expense of holding the property if it’s vacant. Here’s what you need to know before signing a listing agreement or liquidating that real estate. If … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Representative's Duties, Probate 101, Real Property Issues | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Uniform Simultaneous Death Act: Part II

In our first post on this topic, we discussed how to determine whether or not an heir or devisee survived the decedent. This post will explain how survival alters the administration and distribution in an estate. Effective January 1, 2014, … Continue reading

Posted in Advanced Estate Issues, Real Property Issues | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is a Life Estate?

Many clients approach us to discuss the possibility of using a life estate in their estate planning. ┬áThis post is designed to give an basic overview of the life estate. As always, please come in for a consult or schedule … Continue reading

Posted in Estate Planning Tips, Probate 101, Real Property Issues | Tagged , , , , | 77 Comments

Joint Tenancy and Your Children – Estate Planning Nightmares

While my firm does plenty of estate planning, my role in the firm is to handle the “litigated cases.” This means that I step in when things have gone wrong – sometimes horribly wrong – after someone passes away. Over … Continue reading

Posted in Estate Planning Tips, Real Property Issues | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments