Easter is this Sunday, April 1, 2018. Easter is a special sacred religious holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a time where many families attend church together and have family gatherings. For the children, there are plenty of egg hunts happening in Sussex County, Delaware. Certainly estate planning is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Easter. However, having final affairs in order before it is needed can be the most loving thing a person can do for their family Deciding how to handle assets and healthcare issues for individuals facing death or […]
Recently I was at a game catching up with friends. A friend recently died and invariably the subject of advanced health care directives (also called living wills) came up and I shared my “pitch” about how important a living will is. I was talking to 4 people, ranging in age from 30-60, all of whom said that they don’t want extraordinary measures taken, and not one of them has executed a living will. So I asked them why. Answers ranged from “just haven’t had time” to “I don’t have an attorney” to “Isn’t it complicated?” I told them that it […]
Both Show Your Family Love Valentine’s Day is the day for lovers! So, I’m sure you are wondering what on earth estate planning and Valentine’s Day have to do with each other. Certainly estate planning is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about February 14th. However, both estate planning and Valentine’s Day are about love. We usually express our affection for someone on this day by buying candy, flowers, a spa visit, or dinner. As lovely as these things are to receive, they are fleeting. Estate planning is an act of love that will give […]
Deciding how to handle assets and healthcare issues for individuals facing death or disability is a sensitive subject. A family often struggles with intense grief at the loss of a loved one. Thus it is important that people plan and consider the protection of their assets and personal healthcare choices if the need should arise. Retaining an experienced estate planning lawyer can put a Delaware resident’s mind at rest, knowing that a healthcare directive, a will, and other estate matters are not left for family members to navigate through in their time of grief.
As a refresher, a title search is completed to show that each previous owner properly conveyed the property, free of encumbrances to the next owner. When the title search is completed it is typically reviewed by an attorney to make sure everything looks in order and there were no accidental oversights. In a perfect world, you would have nothing to worry about, meaning no one could come along and challenge your ownership to the property. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Records are not perfect and sometimes surprises crop up that weren’t picked up in the title search. […]
When a piece of property is bought, the current owner (the seller) signs a document called a deed that transfers the ownership of that piece of property to the new owner (the buyer). Deeds are indexed so that a person can research the history of a piece of property – and find the previous deeds that have been executed over time. These deeds create what is called a chain of title. The “chain” runs from the present owner back to the original owner of the property. When you buy a piece of property a title search is completed to show […]