A family guide to wills, funerals, and probate: how to protect yourself and your survivors
Explains how to draw up a will, ways of avoiding probate, how to transfer an estate to heirs without paying enormous inheritance taxes, how to make funeral preferences and final wishes known, and more
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State Requirements Governing Wills
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