If you own bank accounts and want to reduce your exposure to probate with these assets the “payable on death” (POD) option may help you. This option offers an easy method to keep bank account out of probate court. All that is required is a form which most banks can supply naming whomever you want to inherit the money in your account at your death.
Stop! Drop what you're doing and check your beneficiaries! If you have a testamentary trust, it might be a smart move not to name the trust as a beneficiary of certain assets such as annuities, life insurance, bank accounts, a brokerage account or a qualified retirement account. Please check your policies and if you [...]
Avoiding probate can be tricky, but you might be able to successfully do it following these three straightforward ways. If you own stock certificates or have a brokerage account the ‘transfer on death’ option can be used to avoid probate. This option is often called the ‘Uniform Transfer on Death Securities Resignation.’ You can designate [...]