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Advance Directives

  • An advance directive allows you to decide who you want to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.
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General Wills/Estates/Probate Articles

  • This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.
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Estate Administration & Probate

  • This page gives an overview of estate administration and links to a number of resources for people who need to open an estate.
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Powers of Attorney

  • A power of attorney is a document in which you give someone legal authority to act for you.
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Trusts

  • This article defines and describes the basic law of trusts.
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Wills

  • A Will is a written legal document prepared for one person, called the testator, which sets forth what is to happen after death to his or her property, called the estate, and who is to be named as guardian to care for any minor children.
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  • This article contains information on different kinds of personal banks accounts, who can access them, and what happens when the owner dies.
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