Tag Archives: Decedents

Probate Denied For 5-Page Document In The Decedent’s Handwriting: It’s A Letter, Not A Will 

The decedent was a widow with no family. She had a close relationship with her neighbors. Shortly after a birthday party for the neighbors’ daughter, she handed the neighbors a check for $100, along with a 5-page document the decedent … Continue reading

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Mass. Supreme Court rules that Stored Communications Act doesn’t bar Yahoo from release of decedent’s emails to his Estate’s Personal Representatives

People often wonder what happens to someone’s stored digital data such as emails, electronic banking, or facebook accounts if the person dies. This has been a vexing problem for surviving family members who wish to read or save that data as … Continue reading

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Tennessee Court Allows Disinherited Children to Challenge Validity of Decedent’s Will

During the administration of an estate in Tennessee, the decedent’s last will and testament, if there is one, will be submitted into probate.  An objection to the validity of the will is known as a will contest, and it may … Continue reading

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IRS extends Filing Deadline for Form 706 and 8939 for Decedents dying in 2010

The IRS just released Notice 2011-76 that extends the filing deadline for Forms 706 and 8939 for estates of decedents dying in 2010. The Notice provides that large estates of people who died in 2010 will have until early next … Continue reading

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