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November 2016 Archives

What is Probate, and why do I need it?

Probate may be one of those legal terms you think you should know, but its actual definition escapes you. People talk about a will or an estate going "through probate," which sounds easy enough until you're faced with the daunting process yourself. If you have lost a family member, reading and interpreting their will is not easy, never mind following its legal implications; and, if there is no Will, then life can be even more complicated. So what is probate? Can it be avoided? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

Does your divorce attorney return you calls, or explain things? Be proactive!

Despite having previously published a post about the need for attorneys to be responsive by returning client calls and emails, as well as taking the time to explain things to clients involved in divorce, family law, or other cases, and provide copies of all pleadings and papers to the client. I have experienced a recent resurgence in people consulting me due to those kinds of problems. In the past couple of weeks four people have contacted me because their attorneys do not return their calls or emails, and when I ask questions about their cases, those people don't know what is going on with their case, or even have copies of the case pleadings and papers. They also have not received bills, so they don't know where their money is going.

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