Are DIY Wills Legal?

Seemingly unlimited internet resources have made DIY (do it yourself) all the rage – especially during the pandemic when we have all had extra time on our hands. Love to wear tie dye shirts? DIY! Want to update your bathroom? DIY! Always wanted a fire pit in your backyard? DIY! Cannot find a tablecloth to

Law Lingo: Attorney

Welcome to Law Lingo: a monthly blog series brought to you by Brown & Crona, LLC that explains estate planning terminologies in simple terms. This month we will explain the concept of what an attorney is. Attorney is another word for lawyer or attorney at law. These are umbrella terms that encompass the vast legal

What are the Duties of a Probate Administrator?

People tend to accumulate possessions and money throughout their lives. When they are gone from this world, something must happen with those items and assets – they cannot sit idly around. A probate administrator is someone who has been appointed by the courts to make sure everything in a deceased person’s estate is settled. For

What Does it Mean to be the Administrator of an Estate?

If a probate court has appointed you to be the administrator of an estate, you will be responsible for ensuring that a deceased person’s possessions and assets are overseen until they can be distributed to the appropriate people. These are the same duties that an executor of an estate would handle. However, instead of being

What Does a Litigator Mean?

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of litigate is “to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process, rather than settle.” Litigators help individuals, groups or businesses take legal action against someone else in a civil dispute. A litigator can also represent you if a legal suit is brought against you. In estate planning, litigation

Is a Special Administrator the Same as an Executor?

In estate administration, an administrator will have the same duties as an executor. Why do they have different names? The difference lies in the way the person is assigned. A special administrator is a person chosen by the probate courts to perform the duties of estate management and distribution of assets after a person passes

What Happens if an Executor Doesn’t Follow a Will?

When you write your will, you can name a specific person to carry out the wishes you have outlined in that legal document. This person is called the executor. If you do not name someone in your will, the probate courts will name an executor or special administrator to handle the administration of your estate. 

Law Lingo: Estate Lawyer

Welcome to Law Lingo: a monthly blog series brought to you by Brown & Crona, LLC that explains estate planning terminologies in simple terms. This month we will explain an estate lawyer. Estate attorneys help people navigate the intricacies of law in the areas of: Estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living will, etc.)