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POD's and TOD's May Not Avoid ProbateThere are numerous instances where these techniques have been used to avoid probate, and yet the assets of the estate were nonetheless probated. Transfer upon death designations are not typically made for personal property, and may in fact be unavailable to transfer such assets. Under recent Ohio law, a transfer upon death deed was unavailable for real property that was owned jointly with a right of survivorship Canadian Mukluk Suede Boots Tall, as is most real property owned by a husband and wife. Regardless, if there are sufficient assets to probate, the other assets will pass through probate, even if liquid or other property avoids probate.Moreover, these designations do nothing to protect assets from administration by a guardian or conservator in the event of incompetence or incapacity. They also do not prevent challenges to a will, appointment of executor, or other legal disputes which may ultimately be resolved by the probate court.Finally, these designations will not avoid probate if the beneficiary passes away either before or after the account or asset owner.

A probate administration may be necessitated, whereas property passing by way of trust will not need to be probated Canadian Manitobah Mukluks Wrap Boots in the event of a death of an heir.Direct Transfer Designations Do Not Avoid GuardianshipDirect transfer designations do nothing to protect assets from administration by a guardian or conservator in the event of incompetence or incapacity. For more information regarding the danger of guardianship, consider he Open Letter to Congress, drafted by the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse.Direct Transfer Designations May Create Illiquid Probate EstatesOne potential drawback to these designations, particularly when placed on all liquid checking, savings, and investment accounts is that an estate can be made illiquid. Lack of liquidity can be a problem where there is real estate, personal property, or othe Canadian Manitobah Mukluks Napa Pitau Boots
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