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H. Carter Hood

Estate Planning, Tax
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John D Bates

Corporate Tax, Estate Planning
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John M. Clifford

Estate Planning, Employment, Family Law, Contract
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Jennifer J. Finn

Corporate Tax, Estate Planning
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Madeha Chaudry Dastgir

Estate Planning, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation
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Lenore C. Garon

Estate Planning, Employment Discrimination, Family Law, Civil Rights
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Audrey Corso

Wills, Estate Planning, Elder Law
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Kathleen Kibler Mahoney

Bankruptcy, Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law
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Theresa L. Lewis

Estate Planning, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate
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Glendia D. Rice

Administrative Law, Corporate, Estate Planning, Family Law, Mental Health
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LEGAL TERMS

DEVISEE

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

ADMINISTRATRIX

An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male... (more...)
An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male or female, this person is called the administrator.

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.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

FINAL BENEFICIARY

The person or institution designated to receive trust property upon the death of a life beneficiary. For example, Jim creates a trust through which his wife Jan... (more...)
The person or institution designated to receive trust property upon the death of a life beneficiary. For example, Jim creates a trust through which his wife Jane receives income for the duration of her life. Their daughter, the final beneficiary, receives the trust principal after Jane's death.

SUCCESSION

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which d... (more...)
The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.

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.'

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

PROPERTY CONTROL TRUST

Any trust that imposes limits or controls over the rights of trust beneficiaries. These trusts include (1) special needs trusts designed to assist people who ha... (more...)
Any trust that imposes limits or controls over the rights of trust beneficiaries. These trusts include (1) special needs trusts designed to assist people who have special physical, emotional or other requirements, (2) spendthrift trusts designed to prevent a beneficiary from wasting the trust principal; and (3) sprinkling trusts that allow the trustee to decide how to distribute trust income or principal among the beneficiaries.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Smith v. Wells Fargo Bank

... 38, 733 NE2d 713, 714-15 (2000) (noting that estate planning recommendation was that mother make inter vivos gifts to her daughter to "minimize death taxes on her estate when she passed away and to maximize the value of assets that [the daughter] would receive upon [the ...

Gomez v. Independence Mgmt. of Delaware, Inc.

... "The conveyance directed by Mr. Fairbairn to a de facto wholly owned corporation was effectuated for no purpose other than to legitimately limit Mr. Fairbairn's liability and to simplify his future estate planning." Id. at 1141 (footnote omitted). ...

WATERSIDE TOWERS RESIDENT v. TRILON PLAZA

2 A.3d 1084 (2010). WATERSIDE TOWERS RESIDENT ASSOCIATION INC., et al., Appellants, v. TRILON PLAZA COMPANY, et al., Appellees. Nos. 06-CV-903, 08-CV-163. District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Argued February 25, 2009. Decided August 26, 2010. ...