Do I Need a Lawyer for an Informal Probate?

By pwsadmin | August 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

After a loved one dies, one of the tasks is administering your loved one’s estate. You want to make a smart decision and not give everything to lawyers or the government. I understand. But, here’s the thing. Sometimes you can do it just fine without a lawyer. But sometimes things go wrong. And it’s hard for you (as a non-attorney) to […]

Trustee Doesn’t Want to Sell the House

By pwsadmin | August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

We get this a lot: Mom or dad just died. House was in a trust. Now your brother or sister is in charge of the trust (as the trustee). The trustee doesn’t want to sell the house or distribute anything. What are you (the beneficiary) supposed to do? Here’s a checklist. Do you have a copy of the […]

If No Contest Clause, Use a Declaratory Judgment

By pwsadmin | August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

A No Contest Clause basically says “If anyone contests what I said in this document, they don’t get anything.” The problem with a No Contest Clause is that no one knows what a “contest” is. If the executor or trustee isn’t doing his or her job, and you file something with the court complaining about that, is that a […]

Document preparation company for a probate?

By pwsadmin | July 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Document preparers promise to do cheap divorces, bankruptcies … and probates. Is this a good idea? Should you use a document preparation company for a probate? The short answer is NO (for most situations). I’ve been practicing law for 15 years now. I believe a document preparer could work if you have a very basic situation. Basic situations might […]