What Happens in a Property Transfer?

The death of a loved one can bring a great deal of stress and confusion into the survivor’s life.  What is to be done with the home, furnishings, financial accounts and pets?  Who is responsible and how does it get done? When someone dies any property owned must be transferred to a new owner.  This transfer takes a variety of forms and which form depends in part on what the deceased owned.  Some property can be Read More

Define Your Estate

The most basic definition of estate is everything you own.  This includes tangible items like a house, car, boat and furnishings.  It also includes intangible items like investments, bank accounts, 401K’s and IRA’s.  When defining your estate for planning purposes there are two categories of assets.  They are probate and non probate.  Probate assets are assets that come under the jurisdiction of the court at the time Read More