It's been said before that estate law is a lot more complex than most people think. One of the things that makes it more complicated is the probate process. Due to this, many people look for ways to avoid probate to ensure that their assets are distributed in a timely manner. One popular way to circumvent probate is to use a payable-on-death designation on bank accounts and certain assets. Learn about when this can be a good idea, and when it can be disadvantageous.
Many people are somewhat familiar with the term common law marriage. However, not everyone truly understands the history and contemporary status of this long standing practice. At its essence, common law marriage allows a couple to be recognized as married without going through the typical formalities. In addition, this form of marriage can provide several benefits to the parties involved. Learn more about the intricacies of common law marriage in Utah.
As you may already know, probate can be a very confusing process. Due to this, many people find it easier to hire a probate lawyer for help. Yet, there are still some people that are apprehensive about hiring a lawyer due to the potential costs involved. One of the reasons for this apprehension is that potential clients don't really understand how fees are calculated. Once you learn what to expect, it can be easier to make the decision to hire an estate lawyer. Get a general understanding of how fees and costs are structured in a typical probate matter.