Fayetteville Wills & Probate Lawyer, Arkansas


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Alanna Ellen Martinsky

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Employment, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

James Douglas Gramling

Personal Injury, Wills & Probate, Real Estate, Estate
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Kenneth Stephen Hixson

Construction, Transportation & Shipping, Wills & Probate, Corporate
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Peter G. Estes

Construction, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Banking & Finance
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Charles Larry Harwell

Landlord-Tenant, Traffic, Government, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  39 Years

Christopher Shane Woodard

Wills, Criminal, Business & Trade, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Christopher Shane Woodard

Wills, Criminal, Business & Trade, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Constance G. Clark

Wills & Probate, Workers' Compensation, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           

Dana Davis Paul

Construction, Wills & Probate, Securities, Banking & Finance
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Darlene M. Irwin

Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Trusts, Wills & Probate
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LEGAL TERMS

SURROGATE COURT

See probate court.

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.

SURVIVING SPOUSE'S TRUST

If a couple has created an AB trust, the revocable living trust (Trust B) of the surviving spouse, after the first spouse has died.

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.

SPECIFIC BEQUEST

A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequ... (more...)
A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequest fails. In other words, the beneficiary cannot substitute a similar item in the estate. Example: If John leaves his 1954 Mercedes to Patti, and when John dies the 1954 Mercedes is long gone, Patti doesn't receive John's current car or the cash equivalent of the Mercedes. See ademption.

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT OF 1974 (ERISA)

A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to o... (more...)
A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to or taken from a worker provides some protection for workers in the event certain types of pension plans cannot pay the benefits to which workers are entitled, and requires that employers provide full and clear information about employees' pension rights, including the way pension benefits accumulate, how the company invests pension funds, and when and how pension benefits can be collected.

ADMINISTRATION (OF AN ESTATE)

The court-supervised distribution of the probate estate of a deceased person. If there is a will that names an executor, that person manages the distribution. I... (more...)
The court-supervised distribution of the probate estate of a deceased person. If there is a will that names an executor, that person manages the distribution. If not, the court appoints someone, who is generally known as the administrator. In some states, the person is called the 'personal representative' in either instance.

ENDOWMENT INSURANCE

Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death.... (more...)
Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death. If the policy-holder dies sooner, the beneficiary named in the policy receives the proceeds.

DOWER AND CURTESY

A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') ... (more...)
A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') refers to the portion to which a surviving wife is entitled, while curtesy refers to what a man may claim. Until recently, these amounts differed in a number of states. However, because discrimination on the basis of sex is now illegal in most cases, most states have abolished dower and curtesy and generally provide the same benefits regardless of sex -- and this amount is often known simply as the statutory share. Under certain circumstances, a living spouse may not be able to sell or convey property that is subject to the other spouse's dower and curtesy or statutory share rights.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Edwards v. Nelson

... Kenneth Edwards, Sr. died after a lengthy hospitalization at Mercy on April 4, 2003. On November 10, 2003, Kenneth Edwards, Jr. ("Edwards") was appointed as the administrator of his father's estate in Sebastian County Circuit Court, Probate Division, case number PR-2003 ...

Carmody v. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

... Appellants, Thomas G. Carmody and Dr. Norman C. Savers, Jr., as co-administrators on behalf of the Estate of Helen Virginia Coan, deceased, and on behalf of the heirs of Helen Virginia Coan, appeal the probate order compelling arbitration issued by the Ouachita County ...

Osborn v. Bryant

... 28-41-101 (Repl. 2004 & Supp.2007), and attached her father's will to the affidavit. The same day she filed the affidavit, Brenda also filed a "Notice of Probate." Proof of publication of the notice was subsequently filed on October 14, 1994. ...