The Thursday, March 31, Intelligencer/New Era carried The Motley Fool's School article entitled "Probate 101."
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.
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.
"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?