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What Does It Mean to Die Intestate?

What Does It Mean to Die Intestate?

To die “intestate” means a person died without a valid Last Will & Testament, or a will.  This commonly occurs when one fails to create a written will.  However, a person may die intestate if a court determines her will is invalid.  In some rare cases,...
Can I Leave Money To A Charity In My Will?

Can I Leave Money To A Charity In My Will?

In life we passionately support the charities we love.  However, we often believe we can no longer do so after we die.  A common misunderstanding is that one must be wealthy to leave money to a charity in an estate plan.  When I ask my clients about leaving money to...

Is a Hand-written Will Valid?

A handwritten Last Will and Testament is referred to as a holographic Will, which is also by the individual making it.  Holographic wills are often written in emergency situations such as when the individual is facing death.  Because of the circumstances, they are not...