US Legal, Inc. Newsletter – February 2007

US Legal, Inc. CEO Says Make Sure to State Burial Preferences in a Will

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High profile death of Anna Nicole Smith is a reminder that legal planning is important at any age.

JACKSON, MS – Many legal issues have unfolded since the death of celebrity Anna Nicole Smith. Among the issues a Florida Court dealt with recently is the matter of who should take custody of Smith’s body. US Legal CEO Frank D. Edens says such controversies can be avoided if individuals engage in active pre-planning, including making decisions regarding burial arrangements in a will.

“A last will and testament allows people to put in writing their preferences regarding how they want their property to be distributed upon their death and who should take custody of any minor children. It can also be used by individuals to give instructions regarding final arrangements. People can specify in a will the exact location and cemetery where they want to be buried or if they prefer to be cremated,” said Edens.

According to Edens, having a valid will in place can help ease the burden and confusion and reduce conflicts among relatives and others faced with having to make decisions after the death of a loved one. However, Edens notes that 70% of people die without a will.

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In Brief

Inc. Magazine announced the launch of U.S. Legal Forms LegalLifetm Resource Center in a recent news brief. U.S. Legal Forms was ranked # 261 on the 2005 Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

On February 17, radio talk show host and financial columnist

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Law and Legal Definitions

What is a Testator?

A testator is a legal term for a person who makes a will.

What is Testamentary Capacity?

The maker of a will must have testamentary capacity. This means that he/she must understand the nature of making a will, know who are members of the immediate family or “other natural objects of his/her bounty” and have a general idea of what he/she possesses in terms of assets and property.

Testamentary capacity requires ability on the part of the testator to understand and carry in mind, in general way, the nature and situation of his property and his relations to those persons who would naturally have some claim to his remembrance. It requires freedom from delusion which can be the effect of disease or weakness and which might influence the disposition of property. Also, it requires ability at the time of execution of a will to comprehend the nature of the act of making a will.

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