Entries by Gary Landau

Real Estate Closing Horror Stories

In the spirit of the Halloween season, we thought it would be fun to turn our attention to real-estate closing horror stories—for the amusement of Realtors, as well as home buyers and sellers. (They’re interesting stories, as long as they didn’t happen to you!) Thankfully, most real estate closings occur without a glitch. Occasionally, small […]

5 Reasons You Should Not Have a DIY Will

You can download just about anything online these days: movies, games, and even a do-it-yourself will. But, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it, and a DIY Will definitely falls in that latter category. Even if you think your estate is simple, there are often things you don’t consider. As […]

Common Probate Problems

In the ideal world, when a loved one passes away, you’d deposit his or her valid will with the court and sail through probate—which would end with all assets quickly distributed according to the person’s wishes. But problems sometimes creep into the process, adding unexpected issues and delays. Here are some common monkey wrenches that […]

What is a Pour-Over Will?

Wikipedia gives this definition of a pour-over will: “A pour-over will is a testamentary device wherein the writer of a will creates a trust, and decrees in the will that the property in his or her estate at the time of his or her death shall be distributed to the Trustee of the trust.” Huh? […]