Learn About Estate Law

Estate law generally refers to the body of laws which provide for the distribution of a person's estate to beneficiaries upon death. A person's estate is the total sum of possessions and assets to beneficiaries. The main instrument providing for the transfer of an estate is a will, which is executed through probate proceedings.

Estate law also covers the areas of trusts and trust management, as well as gifts and future interests in property. If a person dies without a will, they are said to die "intestate," and the distribution of their estate will be administered according to intestacy laws.

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