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Probate – Defined

Receipt of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under a will. A probate court (surrogate court) decides the legal validity of a testator‘s will and grants its approval by granting probate to the executor. The probated will becomes a legal document that may be enforced by […]

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What is a Guardianship or Conservatorship?

I am also involved with representing people who want to request guardianship and/or conservatorship for a loved one. A guardianship and/or conservatorship proceeding is a legal proceeding where someone is incompetent to manage their financial affairs and/or their daily care for reasons such as an auto accident, dementia, stroke, etc. The court would then appoint […]

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Probate, Estates and New Mexico Legislation on the Estate Tax

Notes from the Probate Attorney’s Desk Probate – The Estate Tax was one of the most hotly contested tax topics in 2013. Where we sit in 2014 is a permanent extension of the $5.1 Million dollar threshold for the tax to take effect. For New Mexico, this will only affect a handful of people inheriting […]

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