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Why is it so important to have a last Will and Testament? Most adults know that if someone dies without a will, the law says who will get the assets.
There’s an important distinction between “probate” and “estate administration.” “Probate” is a division of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in which Wills are recorded and certain other actions are taken following the death of a loved one.
Elder law is not just for the elderly and it is not just one narrow area of the law. It is true that the inquiries we receive about “elder law” usually do involve concerns about an elderly loved one who seems to be having some problems.
When there is no one who has the legal authority to make decisions for an incapacitated person, it is often necessary or advisable for a guardian to be appointed for him or her.