The Reading of the Will, by M. Geoffrey Jones – Part 3

In this segment, Mr. Jones takes up the declarations by fear mongers that absent their usually expensive and often unnecessary services, someone else, usually the court, will decide who gets your property when you die.  "Don't Let the Courts Decide Who Will Receive Your Property" Over the years, I have occasionally noticed an advertisement in the local newspapers inviting people to a "A Free Seminar" on the advantages of a Living Trust as a means for Avoiding Probate. The advertisement preys upon the fears of most lay people of the myth that probate is always a lengthy and expensive process which is to be avoided at all costs. The ad … [Read more...]

The Reading of the Will: Discarding the Myths of Probate. By: M. Geoffrey G. Jones

Our Managing Partner, Geoff Jones, has taken the time to write about our practice and the myths associated with the topic of what happens to families when a loved one dies. We historically hear a universal declaration by our clients they wish to "avoid probate" yet as Geoff explains, this fear is largely a product of fiction.  In this several part series, he explores the reality of the practice, and lends comfort to the reader we have the family's interest at heart.  Part 1 : Introduction, Jarndyce v.Jarndyce. In his novel, Bleak House, Charles Dickens uses as a central plot device a probate case in the Chancery Court of Victorian … [Read more...]