Legal Topics Directory
Information from the Attorney General
- What is a trust?
- What are the basic types of trusts?
- What are the pros and cons of a revocable living trust?
- How do I establish a trust?
- What is the role of the trustee?
- What is a power of attorney?
- What is a durable power of attorney?
- When should I use a power of attorney?
- How much power does a power of attorney have?
- How do I create a power of attorney?
- What happens if I don't have a durable power of attorney for finances?
- When does a power of attorney end?
- What is a health care directive?
- What might I need a health care directive for?
- How do I prepare a health care directive?
- What should I include in my health care directive?
- What are the limits on my health care directive?
- How do I change my health care directive?
- How should I plan my funeral?
- How should I pay for my funeral?
- What safeguards exist for consumers who pay in advance
- What is probate?
- When is probate necessary?
- What items are not subject to probate?
- How do I probate an estate?
- How will the estate be distributed to heirs?
- What taxes must be paid?
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