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Amateur Efforts to Avoid Probate Can Be Disastrous

Since 1997 Pennsylvania law has permitted the registration of securities in "POD" or "TOD" form. POD means "pay on death" and TOD means "transfer on death." Titling accounts POD or TOD permits the naming of a beneficiary on all sorts of investments. In the past only life insurance and pension plans had this option available.

Mediation in Trusts and Estates Disputes

In addition to acting as an expert witness and providing estate planning and administration services, I am also a mediator. I offer mediation services at my regular hourly rate (payable equally by the parties), as a (hopefully) quicker, less expensive alternative to full-fledged litigation.

Probate for Timeshares

Did you "stop renting a room" and "buy the hotel"? Many folks have purchased timeshares - which are a form of ownership or a right to the use of property - often of resort properties. Multiple parties own a single unit, and each person is allotted a period of time, for example, one week, in which they may use the property.

What Is Probate?

"Probate" is much maligned. To hear some folks talk, having your estate subject to probate is worse than dying. What is all the fuss about?

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