Madison Wills & Probate Lawyer, South Dakota


Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills

Gary W. Conklin

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Wills, Divorce
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Rick A Mickelson

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Divorce
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Jerome B. Lammers

Family Law, Wills, Personal Injury, Business & Trade
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Wilson M. Kleibacker

Criminal, Federal Appellate Practice, Family Law, Wills
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Lisa J. Maguire

Private Schools, Wills, Estate Planning, Corporate
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Merle A. Johnson

Private Schools, Wills, Adoption, Bankruptcy
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Jami J. Bishop

Personal Injury, Litigation, Living Wills, Family Law
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Douglas J. Hajek

Municipal, Wills & Probate, Merger & Acquisition, Corporate
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P. Daniel Donohue

Sales & Use Tax, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Administrative Law
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Jennifer L. Larsen

Corporate, Civil Rights, Wills & Probate, Securities
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LEGAL TERMS

ADEMPTION

The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she di... (more...)
The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she dies. Often this happens because the property has been sold, destroyed or given away to someone other than the beneficiary named in the will. A bequest may also be adeemed when the will maker, while still living, gives the property to the intended beneficiary (called 'ademption by satisfaction'). When a bequest is adeemed, the beneficiary named in the will is out of luck; he or she doesn't get cash or a different item of property to replace the one that was described in the will. For example, Mark writes in his will, 'I leave to Rob the family vehicle,' but then trades in his car in for a jet ski. When Mark dies, Rob will receive nothing. Frustrated beneficiaries may challenge an ademption in court, especially if the property was not clearly identified in the first place.

BEQUEATH

A legal term sometimes used in wills that means 'leave' -- for example, 'I bequeath my garden tools to my brother-in-law, Buster Jenkins.'

SWEARING MATCH

A case that turns on the word of one witness versus another. The outcome of a swearing match usually depends on whom the jury finds most trustworthy.

RESIDUARY ESTATE

The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court c... (more...)
The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court costs are paid. The residuary estate also includes any gifts under a will that fail or lapse. For example, Connie's will leaves her house and all its furnishings to Andrew, her VW bug to her friend Carl, and the remainder of her property (the residuary estate) to her sister Sara. She doesn't name any alternate beneficiaries. Carl dies before Connie. The VW bug becomes part of the residuary estate and passes to Sara, along with all of Connie's property other than the house and furnishings. Also called the residual estate or residue.

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.

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

CURATOR

See conservator.

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.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN THE MATTER OF GEIER

... Darlene petitioned for formal probate of Minnie's estate. ... [¶10.] This Court has not addressed the issue of what constitutes a final order in a probate proceeding since South Dakota adopted the Uniform Probate Code (UPC). [1] 1994 SD Sess. Laws ch. 232. ...

Muhlbauer v. Estate of Olson

... Wayne Olson was appointed personal representative of Glenn's estate (Estate). In the will, Glenn specifically devised his real estate to James Olson and six other nieces and nephews. The Estate was informally probated in accordance with the Uniform Probate Code. ...

FITZMAURICE STATE VETERANS HOME v. Hammer

... In contrast, Personal Representative argues that the use of the word "estate" in the statutes refers only to property that is subject to probate. ... To support its position, the Home contends that the definition of "estate" incorporates more than the property subject to probate. ...