Recently, I met a man whose father died suddenly back in IL where he grew up. He was returning home to CA from the memorial. The man shared his father became suddenly sick. Within days of being admitted to the hospital, they called and told him to get there quick. He said that when he arrived, his father took four breaths and passed. I could see the shock and numbness in this man’s being from the experience of his father’s passing. The man said his parents were by no means hoarders but that he felt overwhelmed by his sadness and at the possibility of having to go through the house and make the final settlement of his father’s affairs.
In an article by Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. in Psychology Today entitled “Death, American Style”, (*see link below) Dr. Samuel states: “Over the past century, death and sex battled it out … Read the rest
When you see the dead body of your loved one, you are in a terrible state of shock. No doubt you have got nothing to do with the property, the money and the inheritance that you have been assigned with, deep down inside, you know that you must go on and live your life with a smile after a few days. After all, no one can control death and the things that are beyond your control make you surrender in life.
If you have recently lost a loved one and have been assigned with inheritance, you must know about the concept of probate. The word probate stands for proving of a particular will, which is written by the one, who wishes to pass his money or property to someone he trusts and adores. For an instance, if your father has a huge property, there are a lot of chances for … Read the rest
Most people prefer not to dwell on this subject, but the fact is that life is transient. Upon the death of an individual, the fate of their property must be decided. Inheritance is the universal practice of passing on property, as well as rights, obligations, debts and even titles.
But although the practice itself appears in some form in all cultures, the rules of inheritance are subject to the jurisdiction where the decedent (deceased) died or owned property at the time of his or her death.
Inheritance in Israel is governed by the Succession Law of 1965 (‘Succession Law’). The Israeli courts have jurisdiction over the estate of any person who at the time of his or her death was a resident of Israel, or who left property in Israel.
The default presumption of the law is stated in section number 1 of the Succession Law, which is that a … Read the rest
When people talk about the end of a marriage they often mix up their terminology. They sometimes use legal terms that have very specific meanings without due attention. It is common, for instance, to use the term “divorce” to refer to the termination of a marriage in all cases when, in reality, dissolution (or even a legal separation) is meant. The matter is further complicated by the fact that the definition of these terms varies from state to state.
In states like Ohio, where there is a legal distinction between divorce and dissolution, the difference hinges on whether or not the process whereby a couple terminates their marriage is subject to trial. On a personal level, the difference is largely a function of a couple’s attitude toward one another and their perspective on the end of their marriage.
Fundamentally, a divorce is a lawsuit in which one spouse is … Read the rest