Common Probate Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Probate is the process by which an individual’s last will and testament is determined to be valid (or “proved”) so that the decedent’s final wishes regarding estate assets can be settled. Although probate is avoidable in some cases, there are many estates that must be subjected to this process before property can...

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A Cost Effective and Easy Way to Give to Charities

Tracy Craig, Chair of our Trusts and Estates Practice Group, recently contributed an informative article to Kiplinger, focused on individuals interested in including charitable giving in their estate plans. This giving can take many forms. Oftentimes, a donor-advised fund can provide a very cost effective and easy way to give to charities,...

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Common Types of Property that Can Be Placed in a Trust

There are many different types of trusts that an individual can create as part of their estate plan. These trusts serve a variety of purposes such as providing for the support of beneficiaries, minimizing taxes, and avoiding the costly and time-consuming probate process. Seder Law’s Estates & Trusts lawyers can discuss your...

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How Do Inheritance Taxes Differ From Estate Taxes?

Taxes are complex and the terminology surrounding them can be confusing. This is no less true with respect to estate planning. And while “estate tax” and “inheritance tax” are often used as synonyms, they actually have very distinct meanings. Knowing how inheritance taxes differ from estate taxes will help you prepare for...

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