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What is Probate? An Introduction for Foreign Nationals

Probate is the official process, supervised by the local district court, of winding down the estate of a deceased person and transferring the assets to the heirs and other beneficiaries. In most cases, ownership of the deceased’s assets does not pass automatically to the heirs upon death. One very important exception is joint ownership with right of survivorship, in which

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Estate Planning Differences between Europe and the United States

Europeans who live in the United States are often surprised when they learn that many assets in the United States do not pass through wills, or the court-supervised probate process. Probate is the formal proceeding through which the local court names a personal representative of the estate and supervises this person as he settles the estate: pays the debts of

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