The lives of many people are affected by the probate process. In 2020, nearly 28,000 cases were pending in the probate courts in Arkansas. It stands to reason that most people should know something about how that process works.
Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
In life, things often turn out differently from what we originally planned. The financial curveballs of life can sideline you from fulfilling your financial obligations, settling expenses, paying your debts, and keeping up with your bills. When facing financial distress, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy are among the available bankruptcy options that can help you find relief.
I Don’t Agree with the Executor of<br/> a Loved One’s Estate: What Can I Do?
It is always difficult when a loved one passes away, whether their passing was expected or not. The executor of the estate will be the one who handles the probate process. However, if there is no will, state laws will dictate who gets appointed as executor of the estate. If this appointed executor makes some questionable decisions, what can you do?
Chapter 11 vs. Chapter 12<br/> vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
In 2020, there were 7,545 bankruptcy filings in the state of Arkansas. Most filers took advantage of Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code, followed closely by those using Chapter 7. Chapter 11 and other filings totaled just 44.
How to Handle Creditors’ Claims As<br/> An Executor Or Trustee in Arkansas
Picture this: you’ve been named the personal representative in someone’s will or the successor trustee in a person’s living trust. When the person who named you passes away, you are the one responsible for administering the estate according to the decedent’s wishes. Where should you even begin?
Understanding Your Role When<br/> Named the Administrator of an Estate
If you have been named by the court as the administrator of an intestate person’s estate, you might be wondering what responsibilities you have. Understanding the expectations of an estate administrator is the first step in being able to carry out the important duties assigned to this role.
I’ve Been Named the Personal Representative of an Estate. Now What?
In 2019, Arkansas courts processed nearly 25,000 probate, small estate, and decedent estate administration cases. A personal representative was involved in each of them. Unless you have been through this process before, you probably have many questions about your role and responsibilities as a personal representative.
How to Handle Probate Disputes
According to an EstateExec survey, more than 44 percent of respondents experienced or were aware of a family conflict or dispute during the estate settlement process. Settling the final affairs of the deceased and distributing assets to any heirs or inheritors can be a complex and emotional process.
FAQs about the Arkansas Probate Process
According to an Estate Planning Awareness Survey by WealthCounsel, about three-quarters (74 percent) of Americans believe estate planning and probate is a confusing topic. In fact, more than half (53 percent) admitted that finding a trusted advisor to create the estate planning document is difficult.
Probate Terms to Know
The majority of Americans are busy trying to pay the bills and cater to their family. The last thing they think about is their own mortality. In fact, according to a 2015 survey by Harris Poll, approximately 64% of Americans don't have a will, trust, or estate plan.