Heidi Hauschild, Property Manager

Heidi Hauschild, Our Property Manager

It’s unusual for a law firm to employ a property manager. But that’s what Heidi Hauschild does at Fleming & Curti, PLC. Fleming & Curti, PLC, occasionally acts as trustee. Sometimes we are personal representative of an estate, court-appointed conservator, or agent in a durable power of attorney. Because of that role, we frequently have…

Is probate bad?

Is Probate Bad? Always?

Everyone knows that it’s important to arrange your estate to avoid probate. Is everyone (always) right? In other words: is probate bad? In every circumstance? Join us for our weekly “Elder Law Issues” podcast episode while we discuss the bad things about probate. Spoiler alert: we’re not going to tell you that it’s a good thing…

Inventories in probate and trust administration

Inventories in Probate and Trust Administration

Must administrators prepare formal inventories in probate and trust administration? Does every case require employment of a professional appraiser? Is an inventory public, so that anyone can know what was left to whom? How about beneficiaries, or family members who were left out of the will or trust? In this podcast episode, we discuss the…

What is probate?

What is Probate?

Everyone knows that it’s important to avoid probate, right? But what is probate, anyway? Is probate expensive, time consuming and invasive? Well, it certainly can be — but most often it’s not very complicated and easy to handle. And also, most often it is easy to avoid. Last week we discussed probate avoidance. This week…

Avoiding probate

Avoiding Probate in Arizona

Avoiding probate: most of our estate planning clients are already sure that’s important. But how can you avoid probate? And is it important? What (if any) problems might develop? In this week’s regular podcast episode, we talk about avoiding probate in Arizona. We explain beneficiary designations, Arizona’s beneficiary deed option, and some of the other…

Probate potpourri

A Probate Potpourri

This week we looked for cases (and stories) illustrating important principles from probate court. We found a surprising batch of cases, and wanted to share them all. Hence this probate potpourri. We have four cases (from California, Louisiana, Maine, and New York) to share with you. California: “right of survivorship” may not mean what it…

How do will contests work

How do Will Contests Work?

How frequent do you think will contests are? If you’re like most people, you almost certainly overestimate the frequency of probate, and only a small portion of those cases involve contested proceedings. It’s difficult to succeed with a will contest. We talk about some of the issues. There are reasons will contests are so rare…