Estates

What are common ways to challenge a will?

It is very difficult to challenge a will. Roughly 99% of wills will go through probate without issue, even if the probate process takes some time. This is because the courts generally consider the will the final voice of the testator, or the person who wrote it. Since...

How to sell a home after the owner dies

When a person dies, he or she may have owned property in Indiana or other states. In some cases, the executor of the estate or the person who becomes the new owner of the property may want to sell it. The process of selling a home after an individual dies depends...

Common reasons for estate litigation

Indiana residents may benefit from understanding why some estates wind up the subject of a court battle. Whether you want to avoid it for your loved ones or you find yourself in a contested estate situation, it is helpful knowing common reasons why some estates create...

Things to consider before contesting a will

When the executor of a deceased person’s Indiana estate contacts beneficiaries to begin distributing property according to the directions in the will, the outcome could be surprising. A disappointed family member may believe that the will’s instructions do not reflect...

When may guardianship of an adult end?

If your elderly parent does not have an estate plan in place that includes powers of attorney, health care representatives, advance directives or other end-of-life care plans, he or she may require a guardian. In Indiana, the court appoints a guardian when an...