Irrevocable trusts to avoid Medicaid and nursing home liens

Irrevocable trusts to avoid Medicaid and nursing home liens

Probate is defined as the procedure by which an Executor proceeds to admit a Will to the jurisdiction of the Surrogate Court, which is proved to be valid or invalid. The term generally includes all matters relating to the administration of estates. There are instances where Surrogate Court monitoring of the estate is desirable. Much has been written about the disadvantages of probate. Following are just a few of the problems associated with probate. Lack Of Privacy Documents filed with the Surrogate Court are public information. They are available for inspection to anyone who asks. In large estates which require an accounting, your probate file will contain a complete list of all assets devised by your Will including business assets. This lack of privacy may lead to problems among family members who now know the plan of distribution and may then contest any provisions with which they disagree. Disinherited relatives and creditors are notified and given time by the Court to contest the Will distribution. Time Consuming The probate of an estate may take several months to several years to complete. During that time family members may have to apply to the Surrogate Court for an allowance. Fragmentation – Real Estate If you own real property in more than one state, probate rules must be followed in each state in which real property is located. The cost and time may be increased. TRUST
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