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Don't get your legal advice from a soap opera...the reading of the will

How do you know if rich Aunt Susan left her favorite nephew all the family fortune?  If you watch a lot of television, you may think that the lawyer calls the family together and reads the will aloud, announcing the lucky "winner" in dramatic fashion.  Well, you'd be wrong.

In South Carolina, there is no formal event such as a reading of the will.  When someone dies, the person in possession of the will has 30 days to file the will with the county probate court.  

Reading of the Will and Filing the Will with the Probate Court

All immediate family members will receive notice of the probate of the will and anyone who is named in the will also receives notice.  The initial notice sent to everyone is called the Information to Heirs and Devisees.  If someone would like to receive more information, they will need to file a Demand for Notice with the probate court.  Just because someone receives the Information to Heirs and Devisees notice, does not mean that they will get anything from the deceased person's estate.  

If you think you should receive something, you should file a Demand for Notice and consult with a probate attorney as soon as possible to protect any rights you may have.

If you have questions or need assistance with probate matters, or if you would like to avoid probate for your own estate, you can contact LawyerLisa for a consultation.

Estate planning Betty White style.

It is common for me to talk to someone about updating their will or getting a health care power of attorney in place, and then not hear from them for months or even years.  Most people don't want to deal with the subject of their own mortality.  They don't want to think about not being able to take care of themselves.  It's understandable.  

We'd all like to think we'll grow old like Betty White.  Fabulous and functioning well beyond the norm.

While this is a great attitude to have and an even better goal, no one knows exactly what is in store.  After helping someone with their estate plan, the common response is....wait for it...relief.  All the pressure is gone.  All the wondering and concern is just gone.  It is such a weight lifted off their minds.  Think about it.  How many times a month, or a week, or a day, do you consider needing to get your affairs in order.  Do you have loose ends that you could forget about if you just took care of them?  This is your sign to do something about it.

So just do it.  And live your wonderful, fabulous Betty White life.

Ebola a/k/a Holy crap, we're all going to die

Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York relaxed the mandatory quarantine for medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa but were asymptomatic. Instead of being required to stay in an isolation tent, workers can now be quarantined in their own homes.

More than 10,000 people in Western Africa have contracted Ebola since March.  Almost 5,000 have died.  9 cases have been reported in the United States to date.  1 of the 9 has died.

So why the hysteria in the United States? It probably has a lot to do with lack of correct information on how it is spread and how it is contained.

The same goes for estate planning.  Here's what you need to know: You are going to die.  

It likely won't be from Ebola.  But, while you are planning, plan for your family.  Does your Ebola/Zombie Apocalypse/Nuke plan include a comprehensive estate plan?  It should.  Take care of your loved ones by setting your plan in place to protect them and their future.

 

Do you really need a will?

Contrary to what some may think, if you pass away without a will, the state will not keep all your belongings.  Instead, the state provides your estate plan for you.  Is it what you would have picked?  Many times it is not.  If you care where your belongings will go at your death, it is important to make your own decisions with a comprehensive estate plan.  It is never too early to plan to avoid unintended consequences.

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