Estate Law

A person's estate includes everything that person owns at any given time, whether solely or jointly owned with a spouse or partner. An estate can include anything from property to patents, bank accounts, stocks, or pension plans - as well as debts from taxes, loans, and liens.

Estate Law is the body of law governing the management of personal affairs and how property is distributed in the event of incapacity or death. In some states it also includes elder law dealing with elder specific issues beyond estate planning such as long-term care and Social Security benefits.

Estate Law includes:

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Death Certificate

The death certificate is the official document issued which certifies the date, cause of death (may be excluded in some states and under some conditions), and location of a death

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Latest Estate Law Question

What are my rights if my parents died without a will?

Surviving children generally have a claim on their parent's property after the parent's death.

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