Estate Planning

How To Find A Deceased Person's Lawyer (5 Ways)

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Larry Li

Feb 1, 2023

If you are trying to find out if a deceased person had a last will or testament, you may be looking for their lawyer. This way, you can determine if you are the beneficiary of any of the deceased person’s inheritance.

But how can you find a deceased person’s lawyer?

Finding a deceased person’s lawyer requires some research and detective work. Luckily, public records can help you find the person of interest. You can also contact the deceased's close family members or friends to see if they have any relevant information. Also, you can check with the deceased person’s caregivers if they were living in a long-term care facility.

In any case, the deceased person’s property should be distributed according to their wishes. As such, the best way to determine their last wishes is by speaking to the lawyer and looking over the deceased individual’s will.

Today’s in-depth guide covers:

  • How to locate a deceased person’s lawyer

  • Searching the courthouse

  • Looking through notary public records

  • Asking family and friends

  • Finding the deceased person’s will

  • Checking with the nursing home

  • How to plan ahead with Trustworthy

How To Locate a Deceased Person's Lawyer


Step #1: Search The Courthouse Records

Your first step is to visit the local county courthouse where the deceased person lived. Look for family law, civil litigation, and criminal court records by party name to see if any records exist under the deceased individual’s name.

If the deceased person ever got sued, sued someone, got arrested, or got divorced, the county courthouse will have a file of the event. Furthermore, you should ask the workers at the courthouse how to locate and view the file. 

Once you have the file in your hands, look for the name of any lawyer or law firm listed as the attorney of record for the deceased person.

If you have trouble finding the lawyer’s name, repeat the same process at the federal district courthouse where the deceased person lived. This courthouse contains tax court records, bankruptcy records, and records related to federal criminal and civil charges. Search for files under the deceased person’s name until you find the lawyer’s name.

The next step is to contact the phone numbers listed for the lawyer you found in the court records. If the phone numbers are invalid or unavailable, you can call the state bar association where the lawyer practices and ask to speak with a person in charge of membership records. If the lawyer is still practicing law, the state bar association will have their contact information. 

Step #2:  Do A Notary Public Search

If searching the courthouses leaves you empty-handed, the following strategy is to gather all the signed legal documents found among the deceased person’s property. Then, see if any signatures were notarized. You can visit the county assessor’s office where the deceased person owned real property to search for notarized deed records.

Divorce settlement agreements, signatures on deeds, and affidavits are documents that would require notarization. If the deceased person’s signature is notarized, they signed the document before a notary public. So, make sure to copy down the name, location, and commission number of the notary public.

Next, contact the Secretary of State of the state where the notary public authenticated the deceased person’s records. Ask for the contact information of the specific notary public. 

Once you have the notary public’s contact information, call or write to them explaining the situation. You should discuss that you want to find the deceased person’s lawyer. Since most notary publics are employed by law firms to help clients who need to sign legal documents, they likely know who the lawyer was. 

Step #3:  Ask Family and Friends

If you still can’t find the deceased person’s lawyer, you can ask close friends and family. You should ask them if they know any relevant information about locating the lawyer. This includes arrests, lawsuits, legal contracts, and agreements that may have involved the deceased person’s lawyer. 

You can also contact people who conducted business with the deceased individual. The business partners may know if the deceased had a lawyer review contracts before signing them. However, the executor of the deceased person’s estate should know who the lawyer is. Therefore, you should get in touch with this individual first.

Step #4: Find the Deceased Person's Will

The next step is to find the deceased person’s will. If you are a close family member or relative, you may be able to search through the deceased person’s home. However, you can also contact the probate office to see if your fallen friend had a will. 

If you find the will, the estate planning lawyer’s name will typically be listed. Therefore, you can find the lawyer’s name and contact them for the necessary information.

Step #5:  Check With Any Caregivers

If the deceased person stayed in a nursing home, for example, you can visit the home and ask the staff if they know who the person’s lawyer was. 

The nursing home may know who the lawyer was because the lawyer may have signed in while visiting the deceased person to finalize their estate planning documents.

Plan Ahead With Trustworthy

While some court records are available online, most courthouses have a computer terminal for public members to look up court records.

However, to prevent the post-death confusion of locating a deceased person’s lawyer, you can plan ahead and organize all of life’s important information with Trustworthy.

Legal section in Trustworthy

Trustworthy is an innovative digital storage platform that keeps your family’s information secure and organized. In addition to keeping your estate planning documents secure in the cloud, Trustworthy will also help you find estate planning lawyers. This way, you can create the necessary wills, testaments, and living trusts your family needs.

Once you upload your documents to Trustworthy, you can use Trustworthy’s secure collaboration tools to make sure the right people have access to view the information. Then, you can quickly find the lawyer's name if a loved one passes away. 

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Trustworthy (Click here to try a 2-week free trial) offers the most convenient way of managing your family member’s estate planning documents.

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Estate Planning

How To Find A Deceased Person's Lawyer (5 Ways)

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Trustworthy icon

Larry Li

Feb 1, 2023

If you are trying to find out if a deceased person had a last will or testament, you may be looking for their lawyer. This way, you can determine if you are the beneficiary of any of the deceased person’s inheritance.

But how can you find a deceased person’s lawyer?

Finding a deceased person’s lawyer requires some research and detective work. Luckily, public records can help you find the person of interest. You can also contact the deceased's close family members or friends to see if they have any relevant information. Also, you can check with the deceased person’s caregivers if they were living in a long-term care facility.

In any case, the deceased person’s property should be distributed according to their wishes. As such, the best way to determine their last wishes is by speaking to the lawyer and looking over the deceased individual’s will.

Today’s in-depth guide covers:

  • How to locate a deceased person’s lawyer

  • Searching the courthouse

  • Looking through notary public records

  • Asking family and friends

  • Finding the deceased person’s will

  • Checking with the nursing home

  • How to plan ahead with Trustworthy

How To Locate a Deceased Person's Lawyer


Step #1: Search The Courthouse Records

Your first step is to visit the local county courthouse where the deceased person lived. Look for family law, civil litigation, and criminal court records by party name to see if any records exist under the deceased individual’s name.

If the deceased person ever got sued, sued someone, got arrested, or got divorced, the county courthouse will have a file of the event. Furthermore, you should ask the workers at the courthouse how to locate and view the file. 

Once you have the file in your hands, look for the name of any lawyer or law firm listed as the attorney of record for the deceased person.

If you have trouble finding the lawyer’s name, repeat the same process at the federal district courthouse where the deceased person lived. This courthouse contains tax court records, bankruptcy records, and records related to federal criminal and civil charges. Search for files under the deceased person’s name until you find the lawyer’s name.

The next step is to contact the phone numbers listed for the lawyer you found in the court records. If the phone numbers are invalid or unavailable, you can call the state bar association where the lawyer practices and ask to speak with a person in charge of membership records. If the lawyer is still practicing law, the state bar association will have their contact information. 

Step #2:  Do A Notary Public Search

If searching the courthouses leaves you empty-handed, the following strategy is to gather all the signed legal documents found among the deceased person’s property. Then, see if any signatures were notarized. You can visit the county assessor’s office where the deceased person owned real property to search for notarized deed records.

Divorce settlement agreements, signatures on deeds, and affidavits are documents that would require notarization. If the deceased person’s signature is notarized, they signed the document before a notary public. So, make sure to copy down the name, location, and commission number of the notary public.

Next, contact the Secretary of State of the state where the notary public authenticated the deceased person’s records. Ask for the contact information of the specific notary public. 

Once you have the notary public’s contact information, call or write to them explaining the situation. You should discuss that you want to find the deceased person’s lawyer. Since most notary publics are employed by law firms to help clients who need to sign legal documents, they likely know who the lawyer was. 

Step #3:  Ask Family and Friends

If you still can’t find the deceased person’s lawyer, you can ask close friends and family. You should ask them if they know any relevant information about locating the lawyer. This includes arrests, lawsuits, legal contracts, and agreements that may have involved the deceased person’s lawyer. 

You can also contact people who conducted business with the deceased individual. The business partners may know if the deceased had a lawyer review contracts before signing them. However, the executor of the deceased person’s estate should know who the lawyer is. Therefore, you should get in touch with this individual first.

Step #4: Find the Deceased Person's Will

The next step is to find the deceased person’s will. If you are a close family member or relative, you may be able to search through the deceased person’s home. However, you can also contact the probate office to see if your fallen friend had a will. 

If you find the will, the estate planning lawyer’s name will typically be listed. Therefore, you can find the lawyer’s name and contact them for the necessary information.

Step #5:  Check With Any Caregivers

If the deceased person stayed in a nursing home, for example, you can visit the home and ask the staff if they know who the person’s lawyer was. 

The nursing home may know who the lawyer was because the lawyer may have signed in while visiting the deceased person to finalize their estate planning documents.

Plan Ahead With Trustworthy

While some court records are available online, most courthouses have a computer terminal for public members to look up court records.

However, to prevent the post-death confusion of locating a deceased person’s lawyer, you can plan ahead and organize all of life’s important information with Trustworthy.

Legal section in Trustworthy

Trustworthy is an innovative digital storage platform that keeps your family’s information secure and organized. In addition to keeping your estate planning documents secure in the cloud, Trustworthy will also help you find estate planning lawyers. This way, you can create the necessary wills, testaments, and living trusts your family needs.

Once you upload your documents to Trustworthy, you can use Trustworthy’s secure collaboration tools to make sure the right people have access to view the information. Then, you can quickly find the lawyer's name if a loved one passes away. 

Trustworthy contacts

Trustworthy (Click here to try a 2-week free trial) offers the most convenient way of managing your family member’s estate planning documents.

Other Estate Planning Resources

Estate Planning

How To Find A Deceased Person's Lawyer (5 Ways)

Gavel
Trustworthy icon

Larry Li

Feb 1, 2023

If you are trying to find out if a deceased person had a last will or testament, you may be looking for their lawyer. This way, you can determine if you are the beneficiary of any of the deceased person’s inheritance.

But how can you find a deceased person’s lawyer?

Finding a deceased person’s lawyer requires some research and detective work. Luckily, public records can help you find the person of interest. You can also contact the deceased's close family members or friends to see if they have any relevant information. Also, you can check with the deceased person’s caregivers if they were living in a long-term care facility.

In any case, the deceased person’s property should be distributed according to their wishes. As such, the best way to determine their last wishes is by speaking to the lawyer and looking over the deceased individual’s will.

Today’s in-depth guide covers:

  • How to locate a deceased person’s lawyer

  • Searching the courthouse

  • Looking through notary public records

  • Asking family and friends

  • Finding the deceased person’s will

  • Checking with the nursing home

  • How to plan ahead with Trustworthy

How To Locate a Deceased Person's Lawyer


Step #1: Search The Courthouse Records

Your first step is to visit the local county courthouse where the deceased person lived. Look for family law, civil litigation, and criminal court records by party name to see if any records exist under the deceased individual’s name.

If the deceased person ever got sued, sued someone, got arrested, or got divorced, the county courthouse will have a file of the event. Furthermore, you should ask the workers at the courthouse how to locate and view the file. 

Once you have the file in your hands, look for the name of any lawyer or law firm listed as the attorney of record for the deceased person.

If you have trouble finding the lawyer’s name, repeat the same process at the federal district courthouse where the deceased person lived. This courthouse contains tax court records, bankruptcy records, and records related to federal criminal and civil charges. Search for files under the deceased person’s name until you find the lawyer’s name.

The next step is to contact the phone numbers listed for the lawyer you found in the court records. If the phone numbers are invalid or unavailable, you can call the state bar association where the lawyer practices and ask to speak with a person in charge of membership records. If the lawyer is still practicing law, the state bar association will have their contact information. 

Step #2:  Do A Notary Public Search

If searching the courthouses leaves you empty-handed, the following strategy is to gather all the signed legal documents found among the deceased person’s property. Then, see if any signatures were notarized. You can visit the county assessor’s office where the deceased person owned real property to search for notarized deed records.

Divorce settlement agreements, signatures on deeds, and affidavits are documents that would require notarization. If the deceased person’s signature is notarized, they signed the document before a notary public. So, make sure to copy down the name, location, and commission number of the notary public.

Next, contact the Secretary of State of the state where the notary public authenticated the deceased person’s records. Ask for the contact information of the specific notary public. 

Once you have the notary public’s contact information, call or write to them explaining the situation. You should discuss that you want to find the deceased person’s lawyer. Since most notary publics are employed by law firms to help clients who need to sign legal documents, they likely know who the lawyer was. 

Step #3:  Ask Family and Friends

If you still can’t find the deceased person’s lawyer, you can ask close friends and family. You should ask them if they know any relevant information about locating the lawyer. This includes arrests, lawsuits, legal contracts, and agreements that may have involved the deceased person’s lawyer. 

You can also contact people who conducted business with the deceased individual. The business partners may know if the deceased had a lawyer review contracts before signing them. However, the executor of the deceased person’s estate should know who the lawyer is. Therefore, you should get in touch with this individual first.

Step #4: Find the Deceased Person's Will

The next step is to find the deceased person’s will. If you are a close family member or relative, you may be able to search through the deceased person’s home. However, you can also contact the probate office to see if your fallen friend had a will. 

If you find the will, the estate planning lawyer’s name will typically be listed. Therefore, you can find the lawyer’s name and contact them for the necessary information.

Step #5:  Check With Any Caregivers

If the deceased person stayed in a nursing home, for example, you can visit the home and ask the staff if they know who the person’s lawyer was. 

The nursing home may know who the lawyer was because the lawyer may have signed in while visiting the deceased person to finalize their estate planning documents.

Plan Ahead With Trustworthy

While some court records are available online, most courthouses have a computer terminal for public members to look up court records.

However, to prevent the post-death confusion of locating a deceased person’s lawyer, you can plan ahead and organize all of life’s important information with Trustworthy.

Legal section in Trustworthy

Trustworthy is an innovative digital storage platform that keeps your family’s information secure and organized. In addition to keeping your estate planning documents secure in the cloud, Trustworthy will also help you find estate planning lawyers. This way, you can create the necessary wills, testaments, and living trusts your family needs.

Once you upload your documents to Trustworthy, you can use Trustworthy’s secure collaboration tools to make sure the right people have access to view the information. Then, you can quickly find the lawyer's name if a loved one passes away. 

Trustworthy contacts

Trustworthy (Click here to try a 2-week free trial) offers the most convenient way of managing your family member’s estate planning documents.

Other Estate Planning Resources

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Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?

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Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?

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Person at a coffee shop using their laptop with a credit card in hand
Person at a coffee shop using their laptop with a credit card in hand

Apr 15, 2023

Can The Executor Of A Will Access Bank Accounts? (Yes, Here's How)

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Elderly parents working with a professional
Elderly parents working with a professional

Apr 15, 2023

Complete List of Things To Do For Elderly Parents (Checklist)

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Reviewing paperwork with lawyer
Reviewing paperwork with lawyer

Apr 15, 2023

How To Get Power of Attorney For A Deceased Person?

Apr 15, 2023

How To Help Elderly Parents From A Distance? 7 Tips

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Woman talking with her parents
Woman talking with her parents

Apr 15, 2023

Legal Documents For Elderly Parents: Checklist

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House
House

Apr 15, 2023

Selling Elderly Parents Home: How To Do It + Mistakes To Avoid

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Elderly woman who looks like she has a headache
Elderly woman who looks like she has a headache

Apr 15, 2023

What To Do When A Sibling Is Manipulating Elderly Parents

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Two men reviewing paperwork
Two men reviewing paperwork

Apr 6, 2023

Can An Out of State Attorney Write My Will? (A Lawyer Answers)

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People working at a computer, working on a stack of bills
People working at a computer, working on a stack of bills

Mar 15, 2023

Settling an Estate: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Check on the table
Check on the table

Feb 10, 2023

My Deceased Husband Received A Check In The Mail (4 Steps To Take)

The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

Feb 7, 2023

The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)
How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)
How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)

Feb 6, 2023

How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)

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Someone filling out a social security benefits application form
Someone filling out a social security benefits application form

Feb 1, 2023

Can You Collect Your Parents' Social Security When They Die?

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Veteran Benefits book
Veteran Benefits book

Feb 1, 2023

How Do I Stop VA Benefits When Someone Dies (Simple Guide)

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Person typing on a laptop with a credit card in hand
Person typing on a laptop with a credit card in hand

Feb 1, 2023

Can You Pay Money Into A Deceased Person's Bank Account?

Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)
Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)
Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)

Feb 1, 2023

Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)

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Two people sitting across a desk speaking to each other with papers on desk.
Two people sitting across a desk speaking to each other with papers on desk.

Feb 1, 2023

Does The DMV Know When Someone Dies?

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Gavel
Gavel

Feb 1, 2023

How To Find A Deceased Person's Lawyer (5 Ways)

How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)
How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)
How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)

Feb 1, 2023

How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)

How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide
How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide
How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide

Feb 1, 2023

How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide

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Social security card, 1040 form
Social security card, 1040 form

Feb 1, 2023

How to Stop Social Security Direct Deposit After Death

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Firearm
Firearm

Feb 1, 2023

How To Transfer Firearms From A Deceased Person (3 Steps)

How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)
How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)
How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)

Feb 1, 2023

How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)

Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)
Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)
Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)

Feb 1, 2023

Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)

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Close-up of a tire on silver car on a road
Close-up of a tire on silver car on a road

Feb 1, 2023

What Happens To A Leased Vehicle When Someone Dies?

Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know
Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know
Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know

Jan 31, 2023

Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know

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Person typing on a laptop
Person typing on a laptop

Jan 31, 2023

How To Get Into a Deceased Person's Computer (Microsoft & Apple)

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Fingerprint documentation
Fingerprint documentation

Jan 31, 2023

Why Do Funeral Homes Take Fingerprints of the Deceased?

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Foreclosure in front of a home
Foreclosure in front of a home

Jan 31, 2023

What To Do If Your Deceased Parents' Home Is In Foreclosure

Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)
Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)
Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)

Jan 31, 2023

Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)

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Woman looking stressed while holding a document at her computer
Woman looking stressed while holding a document at her computer

Jan 31, 2023

What Happens If a Deceased Individual Owes Taxes?

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Elderly people talking with professional
Elderly people talking with professional

Jan 31, 2023

Components of Estate Planning: 6 Things To Consider

What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person
What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person
What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person

Jan 22, 2023

What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person

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Scattered photograph negatives
Scattered photograph negatives

Jan 8, 2023

What Does a Typical Estate Plan Include?

Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)
Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)
Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)

Apr 15, 2022

Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)

Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)

Apr 15, 2022

Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)

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Chair in a bedroom
Chair in a bedroom

Mar 2, 2022

What Does Your “Property” Mean?

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Gavel
Gavel

Mar 2, 2022

What is the Uniform Trust Code? What is the Uniform Probate Code?

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Female statue balancing scales
Female statue balancing scales

Mar 2, 2022

Do You Need to Avoid Probate?

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Person signing document
Person signing document

Mar 2, 2022

How is a Trust Created?

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stethoscope
stethoscope

Mar 2, 2022

What Are Advance Directives?

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Couple standing on the beach
Couple standing on the beach

Mar 2, 2022

What does a Trustee Do?

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Large house exterior
Large house exterior

Mar 2, 2022

What is an Estate Plan? (And why you need one)

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Gavel
Gavel

Mar 2, 2022

What is Probate?

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United States Map
United States Map

Mar 2, 2022

What Is Your Domicile & Why It Matters

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Man organizing paperwork
Man organizing paperwork

Mar 2, 2022

What Is a Power of Attorney for Finances?

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A baby and toddler lying on a bed
A baby and toddler lying on a bed

Mar 1, 2022

Should your family consider an umbrella insurance policy?

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Woman typing on laptop on a table with tea, plant, notebooks
Woman typing on laptop on a table with tea, plant, notebooks

Mar 1, 2022

Do I need a digital power of attorney?

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Person signing documents
Person signing documents

Apr 6, 2020

What Exactly is a Trust?