Bill Connor

Bill Connor
Orangeburg Attorney Bill Connor received his Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel in 1990, and after serving for over a decade as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, including three deployments to the Middle East, he received his Juris Doctorate from The University of South Carolina in 2005. In 2012, Bill was honored to receive an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the top peer rating for American lawyers. Receiving this rating at such an early point in his career is unheard of among lawyers.

After a vehicle wreck involving personal injury in Orangeburg SC, it’s critical to understand the insurance coverage available to cover damages sustained.  Damages are not just the medical bills, but also the pain and suffering that comes with injuries, loss of enjoyment, lost wages, potential disabilities, etc.  In cases involving serious injury, the dollar amount of damages can go well beyond the insurance coverage of the liable party. In South Carolina, vehicle operators are only required to have $25,000.00 of coverage to pay damages to another party. That would not be nearly enough money to cover a situation involving serious injury and particularly if the serious injury involves multiple people. Though someone can be held in judgement beyond their insurance coverage, the old saying “you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip” applies in many cases.  If the liable party doesn’t have the money, they don’t have the money. The good thing is that normally there are other insurance coverages involved.

 

        The first thing to consider is “Underinsured Motorist” (UIM) coverage. This is coverage the hurt party has that if for the situation of the liable party not having sufficient coverage of damages.  Along with UIM coverage is also “Uninsured Motorist” (UM) coverage in the event the other party has no coverage (note: it is against state law not to have minimum limits of $25K, so it is likely a non-covered driver will also not be able to pay if held in judgment).  UIM coverage is up to the amount of liability coverage if the driver has UIM.  For example, if someone has the minimum limits of $25K, they will also have UIM of $25K. If the other driver cannot cover the damages, UIM covers an additional $25K.  If the coverage is $50K, then liability is likewise $50K. South Carolina also allows “stacking” of UIM coverage for all the vehicles on the policy.  Therefore, if the UIM coverage is $25, but there three cars under the policy, then total coverage would be $75.  Also important to note:  Policies have different coverage for multiple people injured. For example, a $25K policy is actually 25/50, meaning that $50K is available if multiple parties are injured. If two people are injured, each person has up to $25K.  If three people were injured, they would have to divide up the $50K, and at least two parties would get less than $25K.

 

         For an example of how insurance coverage works in Orangeburg SC: An at-fault vehicle has minimum $25K coverage and causes damages of $55K to another person.  The other person has a $25K UIM policy, and therefore has up to $50K for the liability coverage and UIM coverage.  If he has another vehicle, he could “stack” a $25K UIM policy, and have the $5K coverage for the full damages.  It is always important to look far and wide for coverage. In some cases, a person may be a “resident relative” of someone else in their home who has vehicle insurance coverage that may apply to that person, including UIM coverage.  I have sometimes found this to be the case when we thought the person was uninsured but discovered the resident relative coverage. Have your attorney check for all possible coverage of all damages.

 One of the tougher duties a person can perform is to act as Personal Representative of the Estate of a loved one. Normally, the Personal Representative, formerly called “Executor” for men and “Executrix” for women, is the closest relative to the deceased person. Closest relative is usually either the living spouse, if still married, or one of the living children.  The estate could be quite simple, either due to Estate planning for transfers outside of probate (like “payment on death” provisions on joint bank accounts to another, or real estate transferred with a “life estate” provision to the decedent).  The estate can also be very complex, with multiple real estate properties and multiple accounts going through probate and stock transfers. A unique issue in handling an estate as Personal Representative is prosecuting a personal injury survival action claim by the estate against a negligent party. Juggling these duties takes some work, as I will explain.

 

       First, if your loved one has a substantial and complex estate, it’s important to Petition for Personal Representative (PR) as soon as possible after death.  You will have to have a death certificate (provided by Funeral Home usually), and a copy of the will if a will exists. Until someone is appointed PR, nobody has the same legal powers to conduct business of the estate in the same way as the decedent.  For example, to get into the decedent’s bank account to put the money in the estate account, the bank will require Personal Representative Appointment orders by the Probate Judge.  Same with handling real estate and investments.  A duty of the Personal Representative is to maintain and safeguard the estate until it is distributed, and this can only be done properly with the PR appointment orders.  Note: A Power of Attorney is only effective during the life of the person granting the power, so that is no help with the estate.

 

       While getting an inventory and appraisement of the estate and other matters associated with the estate in Orangeburg SC, it’s important to begin prosecuting any survival action claims as soon as possible.  First, there are statute of limitations on bringing these lawsuits, and normally three years is the maximum time period from the accident/injury.  Second, to prosecute the matter requires it be done by the Personal Representative during the processing of the estate.  Once the estate is processed and closed, the PR duties and authorities end.  The PR is prosecuting the claim on behalf of the decedent for the injury, pain and suffering damages suffered by the decedent before he died.  It’s important to retain counsel (who will usually work the case on contingence and not hourly fee), and make the claim against the insurance company of the wrongdoer.  In many cases involving death, other parties may have claims and all parties are seeking a limited insurance source of damages. The saying “first come, first serve” can apply in these kinds of cases, as the insurance company will only settle out to what’s available in terms of limits.

 

      The key is to get on top of the PR duties as soon as possible, and prosecute claims diligently while processing and distributing the estate.  In many ways, it’s the last way to show love through actions to the person who died in carrying out wishes and seeking justice for wrongs done…

 

 The most tragic result of an accident is the death of a loved one.  In a number of such cases, someone is severely injured by another party’s negligence, and that injury results in death at a later point in time. When this occurs, the loved ones of the dearly departed are usually rightly focused on all the other things going on after death.  They are going through the pain and anguish of the loved one.  They are deciding how to handle all the various administrative and practical tasks associated with the death. Arranging a funeral, obtaining death certificates, finding the last will and testament are only the tip of the iceberg of the various necessary duties of the loved ones.  One thing that must be considered at an early stage is handling the legal claim against the negligent party in the new circumstances. Importantly, the death does not end the claim, but changes the parties and adds new party claims.  Let me explain.

 

         Whenever someone dies as the result of the negligent actions of another, there are two primary claims by two different types of parties against the negligent party.  The first potential claim is the wrongful death claim brought by those dependent upon the person who died. For example, if a breadwinning husband and father dies, a wrongful death claim can be brought by his wife and children for what the death deprives of them.  In particular, the father/husband’s future earnings to take care of his family. The key point about this claim is that it’s separate from the claim of the person who died.  The damage award will be assessed for each loved one and given to them after resolution of the case (for the children, it may be in trust).

 

        The second type of claim is called a “survival action”, the claim brought by the estate on behalf of the dead. This claim is theoretically what damage the wrongdoer caused the dead before he passed, and is normally the assessment of the pain and suffering brought before death.  If the person spent a great deal of time in pain prior to death, the damages would normally be more than if he died instantly.  This is brought by the personal representative on behalf of the estate, and the award would go into the estate to be distributed to the beneficiaries of the last will and testament (or intestacy, by state law to heirs).  Many times, the same parties who brought the wrongful death are also beneficiaries of the will, though not always.  To give an example of how this works:  The wife and children of the dead father have received a damage award for what the death caused them (being deprived of the father/husband’s salary).  The wife and children were also named in the will, and when the survival action resolves, it is distributed by the terms of the will.

 

        Normally, the suits are brought while the estate is being probated, and is brought in one lawsuit with multiple parties and claims.  The same wrongdoer (assuming one wrongdoer) would be paying out the various claims associate with the death. If insurance is involved and doesn’t cover all damages, this could be a time in which under-insured coverage comes into play.  These kinds of cases normally settle before trial due to the high damages and limits on insurance coverage, but can work to take care of loved ones through a very tough time.  Finding the right lawyer in these circumstances is critical.

 

         After a car wreck or slip/fall accident and decisions come about bringing a lawsuit for personal injury, the question of venue can be the most important for success a successful outcome.  “Venue” is essentially the court you decide to bring a case, and it must be a court with jurisdiction over the parties.  In South Carolina (as in many other states), jurisdiction in a state Circuit Court comes by either the county of residence of a Defendant in a lawsuit or the county in which the incident occurred. For cases involving damages less than $7500, County Magistrate Courts are a possible venue, but only have jurisdiction over the case if the Defendant is a resident.  The other potential venue is Federal District Court for cases involving either Federal law or diversity of the states of the parties in very high dollar cases.  Federal jurisdiction is extremely rare in personal injury cases involving car wrecks and slip/falls, so we will focus on state Circuit Courts. In an accident, if the Defendant is hurt in the same county as his residence, venue is going to be that county.  If the accident occurs outside the Defendant’s residence, that gives options for which venue to file.  Additionally, if multiple Defendants are involved, that could offer more than two counties to file.  This is where decisions are made which have high significance.

 

        There are a number of factors in deciding which venue to seek in the event of multiple venues available.  First and foremost is to acknowledge that the jury pool will come from that County. Some jury pools, for various different reasons, are much better for those bringing cases.  They are usually considered more “Liberal” counties and usually correspond to politically Liberal counties.  They are more likely to offer more and higher jury awards.  The more “conservative” counties are just the opposite and are much better for defending cases.  As would be expected, the more conservative upstate counties like Greenville are better counties to defend cases, while counties in the most Democratic Counties in the Sixth Congressional District are most Liberal and offer the most and some of highest verdicts.  Orangeburg SC, being in the heart of the Sixth District, is one of the best places to bring a lawsuit, and one of the toughest places to defend.

 

        Within venues, it’s also important to consider your own county residence and similarities to the people of the venues.  If you live in the venue you bring the suit with a solid reputation, it becomes more likely the “jury of your peers” will include those who would be favorable to you.  Additionally, some counties have similar attributes among the people which may or may not create a sympathy with you bringing a lawsuit. For example, there can be a demographic of people that are historically sympathetic to juries in the counties and historically receive the greatest jury awards. For example, some venues have large medical centers and therefore a high population of those in health care (and relatives/friends of those in healthcare). They will generally be more sympathetic to a plaintiff who is a health care provider in the local hospitals.  This is something to discuss in detail with your attorney.

 

       One of the key things to understand is that the human connection with the jury, or potential for connection with the jury, is what drives the best results in a personal injury case.  Pay attention to it, and plan wisely when filing suit. 

 

  After a car accident or slip and fall in Orangeburg South Carolina resulting in serious injuries, it’s important to know what to do about seeking redress. The most important decision after being injured by the negligence of another is which lawyer to choose to represent the matter. In most cases, multiple attorneys will be able to represent based on “contingence” and not payment of a retainer and hourly fee.  On contingency, the lawyer will be paid a percentage of the award or settlement (customarily 1/3rd), and so it requires nothing to retain the attorney.  The Client is responsible for costs involved, but that will normally be paid after an award or settlement. The key is in finding the “right” attorney, and beyond references and other indicators of superior abilities (awards, distinctions, reviews, etc.), the questions you ask the attorney when deciding to retain him are what counts.  What are some of the best questions?

 

     First, it is important to verify the attorney will take the case on contingency.  If not, that tells you that the case is not a “winner” in the mind of the attorney.  He would normally ask for an hourly fee agreement only if he were worried about the likelihood to obtain money from the other side. Potentially, the issue is with proving liability or damages, but normally the issue is with the lack of insurance or means of payment on the other side.  Either way, it’s not a good idea to hire him.  Second, it’s important to verify the competence and ethics of the attorney. One of the best ways is to ask about the attorney’s Martindale Hubbell peer review ranking. Attorneys are peer-reviewed by fellow attorneys and judges, who know more than most non-lawyers about the attorney being rated.  At top rating is “AV Preeminent”, meaning the absolute top in ethics and competency.  The next level down is “BV”.  This can be verified on the Martindale Hubbell website.

 

      After ensuring a contingency agreement with a top attorney, there are other questions that help cement the decision to retain him.  Ask him about the venue the case will be filed if it is not settled, and the expectations for jury verdicts of that venue. You want the attorney to have his eye on potential trial, even though most cases settle prior to even filing.  You also want an attorney who understands how to negotiate, and what numbers should be used in negotiation to obtain the highest settlement possible. You should ask him about his last three to five personal injury cases and how they resolved.  How long did it take to resolve, and how far the cases settled beyond the medical bills involved. Be careful about lawyers who allow “file stagnation”, or allowing cases to linger for over a year before settling or filing suit (outside of unique circumstances or lengthy treatment). Lastly, it’s important to ask him about how his office communicates with clients, and how often you expect to receive communication.

 

      Use your “sixth sense” with the potential attorneys, and always prioritize a reputation for character and ethics.  Once you have the right attorney, let him work the case, but continue to ask questions about the case to ensure he is on top of things.  In the end, you will have the best result possible by the best attorney possible.

Beyond major life events, like buying or selling a house and creating estate documents like Wills and Power of Attorney, most people do not deal with lawyers.  That changes in the event of a major accident (vehicle, slip and fall, etc.), when an attorney becomes part of one’s life for months or sometimes years. Lawyers are meant to help clients navigate all the issues involved with resolving an accident, and clients are dependent upon the lawyer’s experience and expertise.  Sometimes, the lawyer involved does not appear to be doing all he should in the case or with communicating properly about important issues of events with the case.  It is at these times the client may need to switch attorneys, and it’s important to know how to do it right.

 

       The first thing to understand is that a potential substitute attorney cannot take over as lead counsel and advise about the case until the first attorney is discharged as counsel by the client.  Therefore, don’t be surprised when “shopping around” for a new personal injury lawyer if the potential new lawyer is limited in what they can advise.  They can do a consultation about the laws involved with the case, but cannot direct the client while that client is still represented by other counsel.  Normally, the “new” lawyer will ask the client to provide notice to the “old” attorney of being terminated and retrieve the file.  At that point, the “new” lawyer can become the lead counsel, file a notice of appearance (or “substitution of counsel” to switch out with the court), and start advising.

 

       A potential issue can arise when switching lawyers in a personal injury case in South Carolina, and this issue can sometimes deter “new” lawyers from taking over the case.  Personal injury cases are generally done on a “contingency” fee basis.  This means that the lawyer working the case is paid with a third (sometimes 40%) of the settlement or award at the resolution of the case.  If the “old” lawyer has put work in the case, he can attempt to put a “lien” on that contingency, and take some percentage to cover his work before switching lawyers. If the lawyers are switched at the end of the case, this can sometimes cause the “old” attorney to assert a lien most or even all of the contingency.  This becomes a deterrent from other lawyers taking the case and earning little for their work. It is just something to discuss with the incoming attorney and understand that dynamic between lawyers.

 

        Regardless of the issues involved, do not stay with an attorney if you have multiple indicators that the lawyers are not properly representing you.  It’s your right to have the best representation possible.

If you are in need of an attorney in Orangeburg SC contact the Bill Connor Law Firm to see if we can help.

Beyond major life events, like buying or selling a house and creating estate documents like Wills and Power of Attorney, most people do not deal with lawyers.  That changes in the event of a major accident (vehicle, slip and fall, etc.), when an attorney becomes part of one’s life for months or sometimes years. Lawyers are meant to help clients navigate all the issues involved with resolving an accident, and clients are dependent upon the lawyer’s experience and expertise.  Sometimes, the lawyer involved does not appear to be doing all he should in the case or with communicating properly about important issues of events with the case.  It is at these times the client may need to switch attorneys, and it’s important to know how to do it right.

 

       The first thing to understand is that a potential substitute attorney cannot take over as lead counsel and advise about the case until the first attorney is discharged as counsel by the client.  Therefore, don’t be surprised when “shopping around” for a new personal injury lawyer if the potential new lawyer is limited in what they can advise.  They can do a consultation about the laws involved with the case, but cannot direct the client while that client is still represented by other counsel.  Normally, the “new” lawyer will ask the client to provide notice to the “old” attorney of being terminated and retrieve the file.  At that point, the “new” lawyer can become the lead counsel, file a notice of appearance (or “substitution of counsel” to switch out with the court), and start advising.

 

       A potential issue can arise when switching lawyers in a personal injury case in South Carolina, and this issue can sometimes deter “new” lawyers from taking over the case.  Personal injury cases are generally done on a “contingency” fee basis.  This means that the lawyer working the case is paid with a third (sometimes 40%) of the settlement or award at the resolution of the case.  If the “old” lawyer has put work in the case, he can attempt to put a “lien” on that contingency, and take some percentage to cover his work before switching lawyers. If the lawyers are switched at the end of the case, this can sometimes cause the “old” attorney to assert a lien most or even all of the contingency.  This becomes a deterrent from other lawyers taking the case and earning little for their work. It is just something to discuss with the incoming attorney and understand that dynamic between lawyers.

 

        Regardless of the issues involved, do not stay with an attorney if you have multiple indicators that the lawyers are not properly representing you.  It’s your right to have the best representation possible.

If you are in need of an attorney in Orangeburg SC contact the Bill Connor Law Firm to see if we can help.

 

 

          One of the first things law students learn about in their first year is the basics of contract law.  One of the first discoveries is how easy it is to create a legally enforceable contract. All that is needed is the communication of an offer of some “quid pro quo” (Latin: “this for that”) to another party and that party’s communication of an acceptance of the offer.  Despite what some think, an oral contract is as binding as a written contract (though some types of contracts must be in writing for the evidence of the contract to be recognized by the Courts under the “Statute of Frauds”). The Courts will not ascertain the valuations of the value given by either side, though a legally enforceable contract does require that each side give some “consideration” (basically value). The courts will not normally enforce a promise by one side to provide value without a reciprocation (Exception: Rare cases in which the promise causes detrimental reliance to the other side). 

 

           Despite the theory of contracting by solely an oral offer and acceptance, the reality of enforcing the contract requires evidence of the contract that the Courts recognize and a judge and/or jury would find convincing enough to prove the contract. If two parties make an oral contract without witnesses and one side backs out, the evidence will likely be the testimony of each party which will likely conflict. In that event, and with the burden of the “preponderance of the evidence” on the side seeking to enforce the contract, the contract would likely not be recognized and enforced by the court. Other evidence can help provide enough proof, like witnesses to the oral contract, history of such course of dealing and business, or partial performance of the contract. The problem is that this doesn’t guarantee enforcement, and would likely not bring enforcement to the particulars of the contract. Additionally, certain contracts like those dealing with real estate, marriage, high dollar values, or performance that cannot be completed in one year are required to be in writing (signed by the party against who the case is brought) for the Court to recognize that evidence (again, with particular exceptions like partial performance). Therefore, a written contract is almost always the best method.

 

         When drafting a written contract, it’s important to know that once the contract is put in writing, and parties have signed, a party cannot bring in evidence of a later oral agreement contradicting terms of the written contract.  That’s a Court concept called the Parole Evidence Rule.  Therefore, parties should consider what goes in the contract, and closely read all provisions, prior to signing.  The contract should provide as much specificity as will be needed for the nuances of the type of contract. Parties should consider an alternate dispute resolution provision to help prevent Court costs in the event one party alleges a breach.  That can be a mediation and then mandatory arbitration provision for one judge to consider the evidence and render a binding judgement.  Sometimes, contracts can become too specific in such a way as parties would not be able to orally agree to a minor matter without contradicting a provision of the written contract. Parties should consider confidentiality clauses, to prevent reputational or intellectual property rights damages to both parties. 

 

         It’s important to remember that contracts are for many different situations and areas of the law.  For example, when parties agree to settle a personal injury case, they will sign the settlement agreement with the Quid pro Quo. Normally, that is a contract for one party to pay the other party money in exchange for a signed release of all claims and liability (and potentially dismissal of a lawsuit). The settlement agreement includes release language, and the injured party will normally have to sign the release to receive the money (damages) for the injury.  It’s important in these cases to retain a lawyer.

 

        Whenever it’s within financial means, consider retaining an attorney to draft a contract. The attorney will consider aspects a non-lawyer will not. Additionally, that puts liability on the lawyer in which he is responsible for the legal sufficiency of the contract, and can be held to account if the contract falls short through his negligence. 

 

        Last word on staying out of trouble in contracting, and something your parents probably told you growing up:  Keep your word and try to do business with those who keep their word. 

        Depositions can be the least “fun” part of litigation.  They will normally come will into the litigation, after a complaint is filed and then answered (and potentially filed counterclaims), and after interrogatories and production of documents have been exchanged. With the exception of a potential motion for summary judgment, Depositions are the last part of discovery before mediation. Depositions help determine success in mediation, as the other side has had the opportunity to evaluate a party’s credibility and sympathy to a jury. The deposition can be used at trial for impeachment, and therefore becomes critical for trial. What are the keys to success at Deposition?

 

         On the day of deposition, it's usually best to dress conservatively and show a controlled demeanor, remembering that the opposing counsel is constantly considering how credible you will come off to a jury. It's important to know that once a deposition starts you cannot speak with your attorney until the deposition ends.  At the same time, you have the ability to take time with thinking about and answering questions.  Additionally, any time you need a break you can ask for it.  Remember that when the deposition goes "on the record", everything spoken will be recorded by the court reporter.  You must be prepared to speak clearly and never rely on non-verbal responses (like nodding your head for yes).  Be prepared for insulting questions, like "have you ever been arrested (or seen a psychologist, etc.)", but know that much of what's answered during deposition will not get into trial.  Do not get distracted by your attorney objecting to the form of questions, as you must normally still answer the question even if it cannot be used at trial (sometimes your attorney may say: Don't answer that question as in the case of a question about attorney/client privilege information)  Assume the other side knows the truth when asking the question.  Do not get angry.

 

        A primary reason to depose a party is to evaluate the person. How will the person will look in front of a jury with respect to likeability and credibility? Will that person "lose it" with uncontrolled anger (which would be perceived negatively by the jury)?  Does the person come across as insincere or defensive?  An additional objective is scrutinizing the person for inconsistencies to known facts or prior statements. Contradictions can and will be used for impeachment at trial, and could be the primary determiner at mediation or summary judgment.  A person is evaluated in what is remembered, as a lack of direct knowledge or memory of critical facts becomes critical in litigation.

 

       A person facing deposition in South Carolina should spend time reviewing prior events and statements, including through a review of personal notes and other memorializations.  Telling the truth, including and not being caught with inconsistencies with facts or prior statements, is the top priority. After reviewing every record available, it's important to practice being deposed with the hard potential questions.  Remember that it’s always perfectly acceptable to say "I don't recall". Practicing a deposition will help catch any potential inconsistencies. 

 

      Learn during deposition practice to only answer questions asked during deposition. Let the other attorney do his job in eliciting information.  As I tell clients "don't do the other lawyers job for him be talking beyond the question".  Come across as pleasant with the other attorney before and during the deposition, but remember you are not his friend (this goes for any discussions with the opposing attorney outside of deposition like small talk before and after). He is there to do a job, and has nothing personal against you but has the duty to zealously represent his client.

 

 

       Follow your attorneys advice and demand he spend some time getting you ready by asking hard questions. Depositions will never be fun, but with proper preparation the deposition can be where you win your case.


 

        When a family member dies, the experience is one fraught with emotion.  The passing of an immediate family member like a spouse, parent, or child, brings sadness and sometimes depression to those involved. Despite all these feelings, it is also a time when someone in the family must take the initiative and lead on settling the estate of the dearly departed.  The first decision is whether or not to formally probate the estate.  I hope to explain some considerations that help with that decision making.

 

        First, in South Carolina (as in many other estates) an estate valued at or under a small amount can be handled without the formal probate process.  The number can change by Legislative action, so check at the time, but currently if an Estate is valued at $25,000 or less it can be handled by small estate probate procedures. In this event, and assuming there are no titling issues (real estate or vehicles in the decedent’s name), a personal representative does not need to be appointed. Any creditors can file an affidavit after waiting a certain period of time and assuming no appointment of personal representative.  It’s important to keep in mind that regardless of the amount of the estate, if real estate or another titling or account issues are involved the estate may require formal appointment of a personal representative.  Normally, for small estate procedures it’s not necessary to retain an attorney beyond a consultation for information.

 

         Second, in some cases the decedent may have transferred all the estate outside of probate.  For example, the bank accounts may be “payment on death” to another, and with real estate they may have transferred title but kept a life estate.  They may have even transferred ownership of any vehicles.  In this event, there may be nothing left in the estate at the time of death.  This would clearly be a situation in which it would not be necessary to retain an attorney.

 

       If the estate is beyond $25,000, or involves titles with the decedent, it is normally best to retain an attorney to assist with the formal probate process.  That attorney would file the application for Personal Representative (PR) for the person designated PR in the will. If no Will exists, then the closest relative will normally apply as PR.  After the PR is appointed, then the estate attorney will work with the PR to produce the “inventory and appraisement” of the estate, which must be filed within 90 days of the appointment as PR.  Around the time of the PR appointment, a notice will be published for any potential creditors to the estate, and that begins an eight month waiting period until the estate can be closed. At the end of the eight months, the attorney can go through the process of closing the estate with the accounting that must be sent to interested parties (heir and devisees) in this estate. If any parties decide to contest the accounting, they can ask for a hearing. 

 

        The key takeaway is that loved ones of the departed must think about the practical realities of probating the estate even during the grieving process.  Find an attorney to help if it involves a formal probate, and then settle the estate properly.

 

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