Heirs

When It Comes to Stocks, Stop the Loss

An executor or personal representative of an estate with significant stocks or other marketable securities should always consider entering a stop-loss order. That is a standing order with your broker to sell a security if the price drops to a certain level. A trailing stop-loss order is one that raises that sale price as the… read more

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Only One Father Per Child

Anyone who has adopted a child, or been adopted, probably knows this, but for everyone else, remember this: When it comes to inheritance, you only have one father or one mother. While sometimes we distinguish between a “biological mother” and an “adoptive mother,” when it comes to being an “heir,” there can be only one… read more

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What does “per stirpes” mean?

In a Last Will, what does “per stirpes” mean? We get that question a lot, as “per stirpes” (pronounced “purr STIR pees”) is a very useful Latin expression for Last Wills. Someone somewhere a long, long time ago started using it as a shortcut expression, and it stuck. We’ll skip the Latin lesson. Over-simplified, it… read more

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Important Change to Florida law

Who inherits, and how much, when there is no Last Will Starting October 1, 2011, step-parents in Florida have even more incentive to have a Last Will. Without a will, the surviving spouse inherits much less of the estate if either of the parents has children by any other relationship. Thankfully, the results below can… read more

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Who Are Caylee’s Heirs?

Surprising Legal Results May Not Be Over Strange facts make for strange legal results. The nation watched, riveted, the trial of Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. Not proven, said the jury. End of lawsuits and strange results? Not so fast. Suppose Caylee Anthony did drown in the grandparents’ swimming pool,… read more

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