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Steven W. Pittman

Accident & Injury, Criminal, Wills & Probate, Personal Injury
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Mary Anne Pickett

Criminal, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Litigation, Living Wills
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Natalie Hurley Harden

Tax, Wills, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Contract
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J Keith Treadway

Criminal, Education, DUI-DWI, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years
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James Stanley Mcneese

Litigation, Wills & Probate, Business, Reorganization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  53 Years

Brandon Wayne Lail

Accident & Injury, Estate, Wills & Probate, Insurance
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years

L Michele Mccain

Commercial Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Kimberly Scruggs Jones

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  23 Years

Giles W. King

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Divorce, Adoption
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Thomas Foster Preston

Construction, Litigation, Wills & Probate, Insurance
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  39 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

TITLE COMPANY

A company that issues title insurance.

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.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to t... (more...)
Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to the state. Some states have public administrators who are responsible for temporarily preserving the assets of an estate if there are disputes about specific provisions in the will or about who will be appointed the regular administrator.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to ... (more...)
A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and children during the time it takes to probate the estate. The amount is determined by state law and varies greatly from state to state.

LIVING TRUST

A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the t... (more...)
A trust you can set up during your life. Living trusts are an excellent way to avoid the cost and hassle of probate because the property you transfer into the trust during your life passes directly to the trust beneficiaries after you die, without court involvement. The successor trustee--the person you appoint to handle the trust after your death--simply transfers ownership to the beneficiaries you named in the trust. Living trusts are also called 'inter vivos trusts.'

DISINHERIT

To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit prope... (more...)
To deliberately prevent someone from inheriting something. This is usually done by a provision in a will stating that someone who would ordinarily inherit property -- a close family member, for example -- should not receive it. In most states, you cannot completely disinherit your spouse; a surviving spouse has the right to claim a portion (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's estate. With a few exceptions, however, you can expressly disinherit children.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.

EXECUTOR

The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's... (more...)
The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's left, as specified in the will. The executor also handles any probate court proceedings and notifies people and organizations of the death. Also called personal representatives.

HEIR AT LAW

A person entitled to inherit property under intestate succession laws.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Estate of Griffith v. Griffith

... 1. In this will contest, the petitioner appeals from the chancellor's order rejecting the probate of the decedent's alleged last will and testament. ... FACTS. ¶ 2. On February 27, 2006, Garland L. Griffith filed a petition to probate the purported last will of his brother, Howard Griffith. ...

In re Estate of Laughter

... 11. In September 2005, Foster and Williams filed petitions for probate of the March will and the May will, respectively. ... Williams immediately moved to strike Foster's original probate claim, which motion was granted on March 19, following a hearing. ¶ 15. ...

Tatum v. Wells

... 1966. [1] Eldridge's will was admitted into probate in Tunica County, Mississippi on October 2, 1967. Proof ... in. 4. The Order Admitting Will to Probate and Record contains statements which Robert A. Tatum knew were false. 741 ...