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John A. Nelson

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Juvenile Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Paul S. Gillies

Real Estate, Estate, Wrongful Termination, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Paul P. Hanlon

Estate
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Stephen J. Murphy

Class Action, Family Law, Wills & Probate, Animal Bite
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Claudia Ines Pringles

Immigration, Estate, Disability, Toxic Mold & Tort
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David Matthew Huber

Dispute Resolution, Agriculture, Wills & Probate, Wrongful Termination
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Robin A Freeman

Estate, Family Law, Criminal, Slip & Fall Accident, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

Phyllis E. Rubenstein

Real Estate, Government, Estate, Accident & Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

James A. Palmisano

Wills & Probate
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Stephanie B. Hoffman

Wills & Probate
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LEGAL TERMS

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.

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.

FAILURE OF ISSUE

A situation in which a person dies without children who could have inherited her property.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

CURATOR

See conservator.

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to ... (more...)
A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his will Jake leaves his collection of sheet music to his daughter, Mia, and names the local symphony as alternate beneficiary. When Jake dies, Mia decides that the symphony can make better use of the sheet music than she can, so she refuses (disclaims) the gift, and the manuscripts pass directly to the symphony. In insurance law, the alternate beneficiary, usually the person who receives the insurance proceeds because the initial or primary beneficiary has died, is called the secondary or contingent beneficiary.

HEIR AT LAW

A person entitled to inherit property under intestate succession laws.

MARITAL LIFE ESTATE TRUST

See AB trust.

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.