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A will or testament is a legal document by which a person expresses their wishes as to how their property is to be distributed at death.

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Who is responsible for the disposal of a body when there are no directives in the deceased's will?

If someone dies with a will, but does not mention their body or how to dispose of it, who decides what happens? Or, let's say a parent has two children and dies leaving no will; which of the siblings ...
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How does one value an estate before being able to access details?

Question arising out of this answer. In the UK, one needs to value the money, property, and possessions of someone who died, before one can apply to represent the estate for official dealings. ...
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Drafting a will to have a third party sell an inherited home? [closed]

The question title may be a bit misleading - it's hard to word my issue. Apologies in advance. Background I am 27 and my sister is 23. We stand to inherit a 1500 sq. foot home should anything happen ...
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How to protect assets from being passed to a beneficiary in a will when they are likely to die soon also

I'm going through the process of creating a simple (my first) last will and testament. I'm young with modest assets. I'm married with no children and live in the United States. I'd like to have ...
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What happens to debts when someone dies?

How are debts and loans recovered by the lenders after a borrower passes away? A debt can be as small as 100 bucks for the credit card bill. It can be as big as millions of bucks for mortgage (or ...
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Is a will provision naming "my wife" as a beneficiary before marriage valid?

In the novel A Colorful Death by Carola Dunn, a man, Dr Fenwick, becomes engaged to a woman, Stella Warren.He makes a new will leaving all his property (except for a few small specified bequests) to &...
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Children and grandchildren must be explicitly disinherited in wills?

I was reading the following clause in the NH Wills Act: 551:10 Child Not Named, Etc. – Every child born after the decease of the testator, and every child or issue of a child of the deceased not ...
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Is it possible to exclude individuals as guardians?

I know that I can name specific individuals as guardians of my children in my will. Is it possible to exclude specific individuals (who'd normally be considered as possibilities since they are close ...
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Can I leave my girlfriend/wife to someone in my will?

Obviously this would never work here in the UK and would certainly be illegal in some way. However out of curiosity I would like to know specifically what the legal implications would be, or what ...
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Can I waive the "slayer statute" in my will?

In most jurisdictions, a killer cannot profit from their crime, i.e. if someone kills someone else, they cannot inherit from them. If I create a will, can I specifically ignore the slayer rule? Can I ...
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Plain English Meaning Of Trust Language

Can someone please translate the paragraph means into plan English? The image is taken from a revocable trust.
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Does my will need to be in legalese?

My wife and I are planning to write a will, or have one written for us. To me, it seems very simple. Our wishes are: If either my wife or I dies, the other one gets everything. If we both die before ...
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Proving relationship to deceased

My brother in law died recently, we had very little interaction with him in the past 4 year. He himself was a guy from countryside Lithuania and not a very technology educated. He lived for past four ...
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Court appoints executor; the will found in safe box names a different executor (USA)

Someone dies and their will cannot be found. Two people petition the court to be the executor. They do not get along and do not want to be co-executors. The court appoints one of them to be the ...
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?
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