Estate and Trust Administration

Defining Probate

By Bob Goldberg / April 6, 2010

Probate: [from the Middle-English probat, from Latin probatum…] a : the action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document offered for official recognition and registration as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine. b : the judicial determination of the validity of a will. This Merriam-Webster…

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The Receiving End of Estate Planning

By Bob Goldberg / March 29, 2010

We publish a lot on this blog about preparing your estate plan: writing a will, setting up a trust, choosing beneficiaries and nominating guardians; but there is another side to estate planning, a fun side… the receiving end. You may assume that the receiving end of estate planning is the fun and easy part, but…

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10 Tips for Potential (or Existing) Trustees

By Bob Goldberg / February 18, 2010

The creation of a trust and estate plan includes spending a certain amount of time choosing the people who will be your fiduciaries—the people who will carry out your wishes. One of the most important fiduciaries is your trustee, who is involved in just about every aspect of the administration of your trust. Most people…

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Living in a Digital World

By Bob Goldberg / February 1, 2010

Do you have an e-mail account? Do you participate in Facebook or other Social Networking sites? Do you do any of your banking, bill paying or investing online? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might want to think about this next question… what will happen to all of your online…

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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Bob Goldberg / January 25, 2010

Do you have a will or a trust? Has your will or trust been reviewed or updated in the past 3-5 years? If you answered yes to these questions then you are two steps ahead of 2/3 of the rest of Americans. But the next question is the big one: Does your family or executor…

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Celebrity Gossip Can Save Your Estate!

By Bob Goldberg / December 23, 2009

Did you know that Jimi Hendrix’s estate took twenty years to finalize because he didn’t have a will? Have you heard about Heath Ledger’s two year old daughter who got nothing when he died because Ledger neglected to update his will after she was born? Can you imagine how difficult it would be to sit…

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