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Estate Planning and Divorce

The divorce rate in the United States is approximately 50%. The “gray” divorce rate – among persons age 50 and over — has doubled between 1990 and 2010, according to a recent Bowling Green University study. If you are middle aged or above, married and are contemplating a divorce or are currently embroiled in divorce proceedings, here are some suggestions…

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Using Small Estate Affidavits to Transfer Assets

In California, a document called a small estate affidavit may be used to transfer an estate’s assets to the proper beneficiaries without having to open a formal probate proceeding with the court. To use a small estate affidavit, the estate must meet the following basic legal requirements: The basic requirements to use a small estate affidavit are the estate’s probate…

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