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South Carolina Joins The Throng

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After they had debated the measure for more than a year, lawmakers in the Palmetto State adopted the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.   At one time, nearly all states used the UPOAA. But as originally designed, the measure had some gaps which state legislatures essentially took it upon themselves to fill in. Now, twenty […]

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Should You Avoid Probate Or Embrace It?

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Probate is not always something to be avoided at all costs. In some cases, the court-supervised process of distributing assets can even be a good thing. If the testator (person who makes a will) anticipates a dispute between heirs, it may be good to have a judge already involved in the process. Similarly, judicial supervision […]

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Making Tomorrow’s Decisions Today

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Most of us fear death, which is the reason that many of us take medicine, exercise, monitor our diets, and take other similar steps. This fear may help explain why somewhere around 50 percent of Americans either do not have wills or have neglected them to the point that they are hopelessly out-of-date. This fear […]

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Dying With Debt

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You may think of estate planning only in terms of leaving money or assets to your family and loved ones after you pass away. While you can leave beneficial things to your loved ones, there are also some unbeneficial things that you can leave behind that can harm your loved ones. Often, those with significant […]

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Planning For Privacy

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When a family experiences a loss, the last thing they usually want is publicity. For families with loved ones who pass away that were particularly popular by means of being famous, influential, or simply well liked by their communities, this privacy can mean so much to them. In an effort to save your family, your […]

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Personal Representative Problems: Safeguarding the Estate from Identity Theft, Part II

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In Part I of this article, we discussed what “ghosting” is and how easily it can happen to any estate.  In Part II, we will detail how an identity theft of an estate can affect you and the deceased’s family and we will also discuss some ways you can prevent identity theft during the probate […]

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Personal Representative Problems: Safeguarding the Estate From Identity Theft, Part I

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As a personal representative, you may feel that your duties are endless and know no bounds. In many ways, that statement is rather true, however, we hope to make that job easier for you. While it may not be a scenario many think about, identity theft is a fast growing problem for the estates of […]

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Estate Planning for the Real Estate Investor

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Real estate is one of the ways savvy investors make money. It is easy to determine what to do with personal assets like cash or possessions, but when you have multiple properties that may or may not be in your possession, planning your estate to minimize costs, time, and tax burden may be more challenging […]

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Losing The Will Can Mean Losing Your Inheritance

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After a loved one passes, you may feel overwhelmed, not just with your grief, but also with the concerns of your loved one’s estate. Four small words form one short question that can compound that stress immensely:“Where is the will?” If you are not able to answer that question with certainty, probating your loved one’s […]

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Leaving Property To Minors

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One of the most sorrowful situations is when a child loses someone they love and and who loved them. Sometimes, the decedent leaves something significant for the child, like property.  It is important to consult with an attorney who can inform you of the relevant laws and the requirements when determining how a property gift […]

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