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Month: January 2021

Death Without a Will Part II: Administering the Estate

In the first part of this series, Death without a Will Part I: Identifying Heirs, we provided an overview of what occurs when a person dies without a will—when a “decedent” dies “intestate,”—and we analyzed the heirship proceeding that must be completed following the...

Death without a Will Part I: Identifying Heirs

“Everyone needs a will.” It’s a statement most have heard numerous times from attorneys, insurance agents, and financial/estate planners. Despite this common advice, many people do not draft a will or do any estate planning. But does it even matter? What happens when...