What is a Codicil to a Will? - Werner Law

What is a Codicil to a Will?

A codicil is an addendum or amendment to a last will and testament. It takes priority over the original document, provided it is dated and witnessed correctly, and thus properly supersedes the will. The term itself comes from the Latin cōdicillus, which translates into “a short writing” – explaining exactly what a codicil should be. …

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Defining a Self Proving Will - Werner Law

Defining a Self Proving Will

A person’s last will and testament is an important document governing their final decisions on the matter of their material possessions and estate. But not all wills are created equal. Every last will and testament must be legitimized in probate court, after the attorney, personal representative, or loved one of the decedent has petitioned for …

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How to Set Up a Pet Trust - Werner Law

How to Set Up a Pet Trust

For those who see their animal companions as family members, a pet is not mere property, but a trusted loved one. And while most humans outlive their pets, some animals can be quite long-lived, and in other cases, an untimely passing might leave a pet homeless. Estate planning may mean the difference between knowing our …

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What is a Testamentary Trust? - Werner Law

What is a Testamentary Trust?

A testamentary trust is a trust agreement written and designed to go into effect after your death. As opposed to the more popular living trust, wherein the trust becomes valid as soon as it is signed and notarized, a testamentary trust is established through a last will and testament. Trusts and wills are often compared …

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How Does a Probate Sale Work? - Werner Law

How Does a Probate Sale Work?

Let’s say you own a rental property or are the sole owner of a home. Let’s say you die without bequeathing that property to anyone specific and leave behind children and a surviving spouse. What happens next?  Without a will, the state you reside in (and the state in which the property is located) will …

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