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Roger Scott Dixon Lawyer

Roger Scott Dixon

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Administration, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning

Roger Dixon is the founder and managing attorney of Dixon Law Firm, LLC. His practice includes family law, criminal defense, general civil litigation,... (more)

Jeffrey T. Spell Lawyer

Jeffrey T. Spell

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Estate, Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Collection

Please feel free to contact my office for any legal questions or concerns you may have. My practice is concentrated in the area of real estate litiga... (more)

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800-871-2430

Charlie  Condon Lawyer

Charlie Condon

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Workers' Compensation, Lawsuit & Dispute, Wills & Probate

Charlie Condon brings a wealth of courtroom experience, judgment, and knowledge in seeking results for his clients. Charlie is a sole practitioner, so... (more)

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800-797-1931

W. Forrest Keels Lawyer

W. Forrest Keels

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning

W. Forrest Keels is a practicing lawyer in the state of South Carolina.

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800-874-1021

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Ashley Ameika

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate

Ashley Ameika, Esq. received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame where she was consistently on Dean's List and graduated cum laude... (more)

Christopher P. Biering Lawyer

Christopher P. Biering

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Accident & Injury, Employment

Attorney Christopher P. Biering is devoted to handling serious personal injury claims, criminal defense, and family court cases on behalf of clients i... (more)

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Bradford C. Andrews

Estate, Divorce & Family Law, Business, Personal Injury
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D. Nathan Davis

Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy
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Brendan P Langendorfer

Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Family Law, Litigation
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Susan Trout Kinard

Litigation, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Personal Injury
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LIFE INSURANCE

A contract in which an insurance company agrees to pay money to a designated beneficiary upon the death of the policy holder. In exchange, the policyholder pays... (more...)
A contract in which an insurance company agrees to pay money to a designated beneficiary upon the death of the policy holder. In exchange, the policyholder pays a regularly scheduled fee, known as the insurance premiums. The purpose of life insurance is to provide financial support to those who survive the policyholder, such as family members or business partners. When the policyholder dies, the insurance proceeds pass to the beneficiaries free of probate, though they are counted for federal estate tax purposes. group life insurance Life insurance available through an employer or association that covers participating employees and members under one master insurance policy. Most group life insurance policies are term insurance policies, that terminate when the member or employee reaches a certain age or leaves the organization and do not accumulate any cash surrender value. term life insurance No-frills life insurance, with neither cash surrender value nor loan value (an amount that can be used as collateral for a loan). Term life insurance provides a pre-set amount of coverage if the policyholder dies during the period of time specified in the policy. Policyholders usually have the option to renew at the end of the term for the period of years specified in the policy. Unlike whole life insurance, premiums generally increase as the insured person gets older and the risk of death increases.universal life insurance A type of whole life insurance that offers some additional features and advantages. Like whole life insurance, universal life insurance accumulates cash value through investment of the premium payments. The unique feature of universal life insurance is that it has variable premiums, benefits and payment schedules, all of which are tied to market interest rates and the performance of the investment portfolio. Also, universal life plicies normally provide you with more consumer information. For example, you are told how much of your policy payments goes for insurance company overhead expenses, reserves and policy proceed payments, and how much is retained and invested for your savings. This information isn't usually provided with whole life policies.variable life insurance A type of whole life insurance in which the amount of death benefits varies, depending on the performance of investments. The insurance company places some or all of the fixed premium payments into an investment account; some companies let the insured person decide how the money is invested. The policyholder bears the risk of investment losses, though there is a guaranteed minimum benefit payment. One benefit of variable insurance is that interest and dividend income from the investment account is not taxed until it is paid out to the policyholder.variable universal life insurance A type of whole life insurance that provides greater potential for financial gain--and brings greater risks. Like universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance offers flexible premiums, payment schedules and benefits. But variable universal life policies are riskier because the premiums are invested in stocks, rather than more predictable money market accounts and bonds. Also called universal variable life insurance.whole life insurance Life insurance that provides coverage for the entire life of the policyholder, who pays the same fixed premium throughout his or her life. The policy builds up cash reserves that may be paid out to the policyholder when he or she surrenders or partially surrenders the policy or uses the cash reserves to fund low-interest loans. The annual increase in the cash value of the policy is not taxed. If the policyholder surrenders the policy, a portion of the payment is not taxable. Also called straight life insurance or ordinary life insurance.

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

EXEMPTION TRUST

A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth m... (more...)
A bypass trust funded with an amount no larger than the personal federal estate tax exemption in the year of death. If the trust grantor leaves property worth more than that amount, it usually goes to the surviving spouse. The trust property passes free from estate tax because of the personal exemption, and the rest is shielded from tax under the surviving spouse's marital deduction.

BYPASS TRUST

A trust designed to lessen a family's overall estate tax liability. An AB trust is the most popular kind of bypass trust.

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.

INTESTATE SUCCESSION

The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest s... (more...)
The method by which property is distributed when a person dies without a valid will. Each state's law provides that the property be distributed to the closest surviving relatives. In most states, the surviving spouse, children, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and next of kin inherit, in that order.

RESIDUARY BENEFICIARY

A person who receives any property by a will or trust that is not specifically left to another designated beneficiary. For example, if Antonio makes a will leav... (more...)
A person who receives any property by a will or trust that is not specifically left to another designated beneficiary. For example, if Antonio makes a will leaving his home to Edwina and the remainder of his property to Elmo, then Elmo is the residuary beneficiary.

SUMMARY PROBATE

A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are ... (more...)
A relatively simple probate proceeding available for 'small estates,' as that term is defined by state law. Every state's definition is different, and many are complicated, but a few examples include estates worth up to $100,000 in California; New York estates where property, excluding real estate and amounts that must be set aside for surviving family members, is worth $20,000 or less; and Texas estates where the value of property doesn't exceed what is needed to pay a family allowance and certain creditors.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Robinson v. Estate of Harris

In their amended complaint, Appellants requested the 2000 foreclosure be set aside because of ineffective service of process on Kathleen and Bobbie L. Brown, the mortgagors of Duggan Property when it went into foreclosure. On April 27, 2005, Duggan filed an answer in ...

Estate of Carr ex rel. Bolton v. CIRCLE S ENT. INC.

In late September 2000, Linda Carr (Linda) was in the market to buy an automobile. Linda, her mother Beatrice Carr (Beatrice), and the rest of her family went to the Dealership to purchase a vehicle for Linda. While negotiating for the purchase of a 1999 Chrysler Sebring ...

In re Estate of Anderson

In re ESTATE OF Jettie Byrd F. ANDERSON Sarah Anderson Lee, Appellant, v. Burney V. Locklear, III, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Jettie Byrd F. Anderson, Edward Eugene Locklear, Otis D. Anderson, Regina A. Mistic, Gale A. ...