What Exactly is “Probate,” Anyway?

Probate is a word that is familiar to many people, but only really understood by a relative few.  The word may be mysterious, but the process that it represents is not. Essentially, probate is the process by which the will of someone who dies is executed and the person’s assets are distributed according to the will. Depending upon the size of the estate, probate may be accomplished by a simple affidavit or it may Read More

Taking the “Step” Out of “Stepparent”

You don’t have to be a birth parent in order to serve as a parental figure in the life of a child. We see this every day in communities all over the country in the form of grandparents, aunts and uncles, mentors, coaches, teachers, older siblings, and yes, stepparents who serve as confidants, providers, disciplinarians, supporters, and so much more.   The role of the stepparent is not always an easy one—to step Read More

Understanding the Difference Between a Conservatorship and a Guardianship

When it comes to making financial, health, and other personal decisions in life, adults are typically going to be capable of handling it on their own. In the event that an adult is unable to make sound decisions, however, someone needs to be put in charge of making these types of decisions. Some adults are never able to make these decisions due to mental disabilities, and others become unable due to accident or Read More