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Avoiding Probate – The Basics

Estate planning specialists often face clients with following the question: “How can I avoid probate?” But should you?  Probate does have certain disadvantages; however, the formalities of the probate process can be advantageous.
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What is a “Wall”?

If I am a seller of a home, do I need to disclose in a Real Estate Condition Report that a one-brick-high barrier around my flower bed is missing bricks? Any Real Estate Condition Report requires a disclosure of “known defects” of the walls. Ok, but is my one-brick-high barrier a wall? Practically it does not make sense, but legally?
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Good News for Obtaining Client Health Care Records

I have often encountered a situation where I had to order my client’s or a child’s health care records. Depending on an institution, fees for certification and retrieval of these records could amount to hundreds of dollars. And that is only one source.
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