DIY Estate Planning?

DIY Estate Planning?

The advancement of technology has helped to foster an array of changes to our daily lives over the past few decades.  In particular, one rather noticeable change has been the rise of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumer. Defined, the DIY consumer is someone who believes in and practices doing work on their own, rather than paying someone else to do it for them.  While this term is most often associated with […]

Elder Fraud and People with Cognitive Disabilities

Elder Fraud and People with Cognitive Disabilities

Elder fraud is an increasing problem, especially for those with cognitive disabilities such as dementia. A recent study by the Rush University Alzheimer’s center further demonstrated this point in showing that seniors who fall victim to elder scams might be at a higher risk of developing cognitive disabilities. The study’s findings suggest that there is correlation between low scam awareness and a higher likelihood of developing serious cognitive disabilities such […]

Estate Planning 101: How to talk about it

Estate Planning 101: How to talk about it

Rarely is it easy to approach and discuss certain sensitive issues with our loved ones, especially when it comes to matters concerning estate planning. This can be further complicated if the conversation occurs in times of good health, when matters concerning death are greeted like an approaching storm cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Far too often people are likely to either crack a joke as a means of deflection […]

How to Get a Copy of a Will Admitted to Probate in Lieu of a Lost Will

How to Get a Copy of a Will Admitted to Probate in Lieu of a Lost Will

In the matter of Lawrence P. Gillen, Sr., 166 A.3d 942 (Del. 2017) This estate action originated in the Court of Chancery with the filing of a Petition to Probate Copy of Will on May 8, 2015. The decedent, Lawrence P. Gillen, Sr., passed away on March 12, 2015. His original Last Will and Testament could not be located, so the Petitioners/Appellees requested that a copy of his Will be […]

Estate Planning Mistakes

Estate Planning Mistakes

Planning one’s estate is generally considered a worthwhile endeavor aimed at easing the burdens placed upon our friends and families once we’ve passed.  However, it is not always a simple process to undertake, especially without the help and guidance of a professional.  In particular, too often mistakes occur when a person attempts to plan their estate without proper assistance. Arguably the most egregious estate planning mistake one can make is […]