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Dying without a will

Dying without a will is called dying “intestate.” Each state has a different way of handling your property when you die intestate. State intestacy laws distribute property in a uniform way based on blood relation. In most states, if you are married and die intestate, your spouse will get the majority of your property. If […]




Writing your own will

A will written by you for yourself is called a holographic will. States vary on laws and overall acceptance of holographic wills. States that do allow this type of will usually have strict rules regarding enforceability. For instance, a valid holographic might need multiple witnesses to your signature or require the entire document to be […]




The Validity of an Oral Will

Some states uphold oral wills. These states usually validate them only if they were made during the deceased’s “last sickness.” A person is considered to be in his or her last sickness if he or she makes the will knowing he or she is about to die. Additionally, states may require that as many as […]




PROFILE: Lenard Leeds of Leeds, Morelli and Brown

PROFILE: Lenard Leeds of Leeds, Morelli and Brown by Anna Marie Macías Oct. 14, 2008 Convincing a court to overturn a will is a formidable job that rarely succeeds. However, it is a feat that attorney Lenard Leeds has tenaciously and skillfully accomplished more than once, each time making headlines and building a reputation as […]




Wills, Trusts & Estates

Wills, Trusts & Estates Websites Wills & estates My State Will — Offers several interactive programs: an estate tax calculator, intestacy calculators (one for each state) and state law summaries. Also includes charts and facts, sample intestacy problems and more. Legal Research for Estate Planners — A comprehensive directory of estate planning links divided into […]




Estate Planning

Estate Planning—Putting Measures in Place to Ensure the Orderly Distribution of Your Property If you have built any kind of net worth, or if you own any property at all, you need an estate plan. When you die, decisions will have to be made about who now has right, title or interest in your assets. […]