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Suzanne MacDonald

Criminal, Transportation & Shipping, Traffic, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  19 Years

John W. Dalton

Real Estate, Personal Injury, Trusts, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  45 Years

Edwin S. Hartshorn

Commercial Real Estate, Estate Administration, Criminal, Civil Rights, Landlord-Tenant
Status:  In Good Standing           

Edwin S. Hartshorn

Commercial Real Estate, Estate Administration, Criminal, Civil Rights, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Jeanne Colver Doremus

Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Eben Clark

Wills & Probate, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

Sezanne Arlitt Tener

Wills, Gift Taxation, Family Law, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

Sezanne A. Tener

Wills, Gift Taxation, Family Law, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

WILL

A document in which you specify what is to be done with your property when you die and name your executor. You can also use your will to name a guardian for you... (more...)
A document in which you specify what is to be done with your property when you die and name your executor. You can also use your will to name a guardian for your young children.

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to ... (more...)
A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his will Jake leaves his collection of sheet music to his daughter, Mia, and names the local symphony as alternate beneficiary. When Jake dies, Mia decides that the symphony can make better use of the sheet music than she can, so she refuses (disclaims) the gift, and the manuscripts pass directly to the symphony. In insurance law, the alternate beneficiary, usually the person who receives the insurance proceeds because the initial or primary beneficiary has died, is called the secondary or contingent beneficiary.

ESTATE TAXES

Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and... (more...)
Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and whether or not it goes through probate after your death, is subject to federal estate tax. Currently, however, federal estate tax is due only if your property is worth at least $2 million when you die. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed for one year, in 2010, but Congress will probably make the repeal (or a very high exempt amount) permanent. Any property left to a surviving spouse (if he or she is a U.S. citizen) or a tax-exempt charity is exempt from federal estate taxes. Many states now also impose their own estate taxes or inheritance taxes.

SUCCESSION

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which d... (more...)
The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.

CERTIFIED COPY

A copy of a document issued by a court or government agency guaranteed to be a true and exact copy of the original. Many agencies and institutions require certi... (more...)
A copy of a document issued by a court or government agency guaranteed to be a true and exact copy of the original. Many agencies and institutions require certified copies of legal documents before permitting certain transactions. For example, a certified copy of a death certificate is required before a bank will release the funds in a deceased person's payable-on-death account to the person who has inherited them.

QTIP TRUST

A type of trust for wealthy married couples that allows a surviving spouse to postpone estate taxes. A QTIP trust allows the surviving spouse to make use of the... (more...)
A type of trust for wealthy married couples that allows a surviving spouse to postpone estate taxes. A QTIP trust allows the surviving spouse to make use of the trust property tax-free. Taxes are deferred until the surviving spouse dies and the trust property is received by the final trust beneficiaries, who were named by the first spouse to die.

AUGMENTED ESTATE

In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used on... (more...)
In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used only in some states. Its value is calculated only if a surviving spouse declines whatever he or she was left by will and instead claims a share of the deceased spouse's estate. (This is called taking against the will.) The amount of this 'statutory share' or 'elective share' depends on state law.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Foiles v. Whittman

... 699 II. Facts and Procedural History. This case is a consolidated action involving a civil suit and several probate matters. ... As a result, the probate court appointed a special administrator for Mr. Whittman's estate, who was substituted as a party in the civil action. ...

Pierce v. Francis

... On May 21, 2007, the probate court, concluding that the decedent lacked the requisite testamentary capacity and that the second will resulted from undue influence, denied probate of that will. The probate court then admitted ...

Schwartz v. Schwartz

... the declaratory judgment action filed to determine the validity of the antenuptial agreement because resolution of that action will have a practical legal effect upon an existing controversy — namely, it will impact Norman Schwartz's recovery in the ongoing probate proceeding. ...