A Last Will & Testament serves as the foundation of many estate plans. Although many other methods now exist to transfer property on death, a Will is still a an important part of any estate plan. Use of a Will allows the naming of a personal representative (sometimes called an executor), waiving certain expensive or complex court rules, and for disposition of property, including gifts for long term support. This article will discuss some of the basic Will planning considerations to think about in planning your estate.

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We are often asked about methods to distribute property to client’s heirs without the need for probate. Once important way to keep real estate from being subjected to probate is the use of a beneficiary deed. Such deed allows the present owner of the real estate to maintain control of the real estate during his or her lifetime. Following his or her death the real estate can then pass directly to his or her heirs without the need of court involvement of probate.

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