Thomas H. Sullivan
Attorney at Law
Informal Probate Can’t Be As Bad As Formal Probate, Right?
Posted on: August 10th, 2019
The loss of a loved one comes with many unexpected challenges. Losing a beloved relative or friend can be overwhelming, and the process of handling their affairs in the wake of such a loss only adds to the stress. Many families are eager to tie up loose ends and distribute the assets of the deceased. To do so, formal or informal probate will need to occur....
4 Tips for Avoiding a Will or Trust Contest
Posted on: June 3rd, 2019
A will or trust contest can derail your final wishes, rapidly deplete your estate, and tear your loved ones apart. But with proper planning, you can help your family avoid a potentially disastrous will or trust contest. ...
The Harmonious Family that Won’t Fight? The Outcome May Surprise You
Posted on: May 28th, 2019
Most families are happy families. They get together for the holidays, share laughs, and tell stories. Everyone gets along and enjoys each other’s company. Then, the matriarch or patriarch dies. Suddenly, years of pent-up resentment and hurt feelings bubble to the surface, and the once-happy family is now embroiled in litigation over the decedent’s estate....
When is living probate necessary?
Posted on: May 2nd, 2019
If you become incapacitated, who is going to take care of you? You will not be able to make medical decisions for yourself and you will not be able to manage your day-today affairs. If you do not have the appropriate estate plan in place, your family may be headed to the probate court long before you are deceased....
When is probate necessary?
Posted on: April 7th, 2019
Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term "probate." Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual's assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in the name of the deceased person. Probate is governed by state law....
Three Keys to Protecting Yourself from a Rogue Executor
Posted on: February 7th, 2019
Unfortunately, sometimes a death in the family can bring out the worst in people. Indeed, family resentments sometimes simmer during a time of grieving - particularly when money and assets from the deceased’s estate are involved. If you are a beneficiary under a loved one’s estate plan, you may be under the assumption that those assets will be distributed according to his or her wishes. Inheritance theft, however, is an underreported problem that can cost families dearly....