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Sample Gift Letter for Use When Also Taking Out a Home Loan
Your bank will require a written letter to prove that money gifted to you for a house purchase is in fact a gift, not a loan.
Sample Will
Here is an example of a will, including explanations of many will clauses.
As Sole Agent for My Mom's Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, Must I Report to My Brother?
Learn when you must report to your family members as part of a durable power of attorney.
To Make a Power of Attorney for My Mother, Do I Need Her Consent?
The question of how to obtain a power of attorney without consent is answered
What Is a Testamentary Special Needs Trust?
What is a testamentary special needs trust?
Wheelchair Ramps: Legal Requirements of Commercial Property Owners
The basics of the legal protections and requirements for wheelchair ramps.
Can the Agent of a Financial Power of Attorney Be Paid?
We are setting up a financial power of attorney for my mother, naming me as the agent. Can I be paid an hourly sum for my services, and can I participate in financial transactions that I conduct on my mother's behalf?
Naming More Than One Executor in Your Will
When you’re making your will, a big decision is who you choose to be your executor—the person who will oversee the probate of your estate.
Do I Need a Will If I Own Almost Nothing?
I'm a 30-year-old single woman and I don't have much to my name. I live in a rented apartment and have some meager savings. I have no children. Do I need to write a will?
How Do I Set up a Payable-On-Death Account?
How do I set up payable-on-death accounts for my bank accounts? If I establish pay-on-death for my accounts and I die, can the person I have designated on the account get access to my money right away, or is the money frozen?