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P. David Olney

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Oliver "Jackson" Schrumpf

Social Security -- Disability, Pharmaceutical Product, Medical Malpractice, Wills & Probate
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Matthew McGlathery

Personal Injury, Accident & Injury, Car Accident, Wills & Probate
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M Steven Beverung

Wills & Probate, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Real Estate, Estate
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Theresa Barnatt

Wills, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Jack G. Wheeler

Wills, Gift Taxation, Employment Discrimination, Securities
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  42 Years

James Edward Sudduth

Wills, Employee Rights, Disability, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Scott J. Pias

Social Security -- Disability, Wills & Probate, Bad Faith Insurance, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

Darrell Wayne Alston

Real Estate, Litigation, Wills & Probate, Contract
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  32 Years

Jeff E. Townsend

Commercial Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Industry Specialties, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

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.

INCOMPETENCE

The inability, as determined by a court, to handle one's own personal or financial affairs. A court may declare that a person is incompetent after a hearing at ... (more...)
The inability, as determined by a court, to handle one's own personal or financial affairs. A court may declare that a person is incompetent after a hearing at which the person is present and/or represented by an attorney. A finding of incompetence may lead to the appointment of a conservator to manage the person's affairs. Also known as 'incompetency.'

HOLOGRAPHIC WILL

A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many stat... (more...)
A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many states, making a holographic will is never advised except as a last resort.

KINDRED

Under some state's probate codes, all relatives of a deceased person.

LIFE BENEFICIARY

A person who receives benefits, under a trust or by will, for his or her lifetime. For an example, see AB trust.

DEVISEE

A person or entity who inherits real estate under the terms of a will.

DISTRIBUTEE

(1) Anyone who receives something. Usually, the term refers to someone who inherits a deceased person's property. If the deceased person dies without a will (ca... (more...)
(1) Anyone who receives something. Usually, the term refers to someone who inherits a deceased person's property. If the deceased person dies without a will (called intestate), state law determines what each distributee will receive. Also called a beneficiary.

SELF-PROVING WILL

A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-prov... (more...)
A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-proving when two witnesses sign under penalty of perjury that they observed the willmaker sign it and that he told them it was his will. If no one contests the validity of the will, the probate court will accept the will without hearing the testimony of the witnesses or other evidence. To make a self-proving will in other states, the willmaker and one or more witnesses must sign an affidavit (sworn statement) before a notary public certifying that the will is genuine and that all willmaking formalities have been observed.

PUBLISHED WORK

An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public o... (more...)
An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public on an unrestricted basis. It is thus possible to display a work, or distribute it with restrictions on disclosure of its contents, without actually 'publishing' it. Both published and unpublished works are entitled to copyright protection, but some of the rules differ.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE SIVERD

... Siverd. However, on November 28, 2007, Edward DuFaur filed a petition for probate of last will and testament, asserting that Holly Siverd in fact died testate, having executed a last will and testament on January 29, 2007. The ...

In re Succession of Davis

... [1]. An order admitting Davis's will to probate and authorizing letters testamentary to Cano was signed by a Texas court on June 20, 2006. ... 3401, et seq., and La. RS 9:2421, et seq. An order of probate was signed by the Louisiana court on January 11, 2007. ...

IN RE SUCCESSION OF DOUCET

... Beverly Sanders Doucet appeals a judgment that refused to probate a copy of the notarial will that her late husband executed naming her his sole universal legatee. ... Reiterating 741 that "it is not clear what became of the will," the court rejected Beverly's claim for probate. ...