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The Probate Nation
Providing education and support to those responsible for handling  the finances and care of a living loved one, or probating the estate when a loved one passes away

Editorial Board

Richard John Ruddy, Jr., Esq. 
Publisher 

David C. Knerr, Esq
Associate Publisher

Student Contributors

Khatol Aziz, GMU, Class 2017


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WELCOME TO THE PROBATE NATION!

The underlying mission of The Probate Nation® is to serve the needs of the many lay people who take on the enormous responsibility of serving as the guardian and conservator of an aging loved one, or probating the estate of a loved one who has passed. What you will find on the pages of this site are resources and practical explanations that serve to supplement and enhance the many resources posted on the various Circuit Court, Commissioner of Accounts and other websites across Northern Virginia. Collectively these resources offer guardians, conservators, executors and administrators a road map on what they should and should not do to make their journey of service go smoothly. 

But caring for an aging loved one as a guardian and handling their finances as a conservator, or administering a decedent's estate as an executor,  are each a complicated undertaking. All who serve as a guardian, conservator, executor or administrator are advised to consult with legal and tax professionals early in the process so you avoid common and often costly miscues. Nothing provided on this website offers or is intended to serve as a substitute for legal and tax advice from a duly licensed professional you have retained to represent you as guardian, or the estate you are administering as a conservator or probating as an executor. 

Thank you for your service, and good luck on your journey! 

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GUESTS, COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS, AND EVERYONE AT FAIRFAX PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION FOR THEIR HELP IN LAUNCHING THE PROBATE NATION® IN 2015 AND SUPPORTING IT THROUGH SIX SEASONS!
   
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Upcoming Events

January 9 In Advance Healthcare Directive, attorneys Yahne Miorini and Margaret O’Reilly discuss this critically important document
January 23 Attorneys Emory Hackman and James Magner review the need for and benefit of a Durable Powers of Attorney
February 13 Stafford Commissioner of Accounts  Jeannie P. Dahnk talks about the role of her office in the probate of an estate in Stafford County
February 27

Attorneys Matthew Yao and Richelle Moore discuss the process to obtain an Adult Conservatorship and Guardianship in Stafford County

March 13

Attorneys John P. Cummins, III, and Daniel H. Ruttenberg talk about Probate Avoidance Techniques - Good and Bad

March 27

In Last Will & Testament, attorneys Michael Toobin and David Knerr discuss how a Will is admitted to probate and how you can  minimize the probate process even with a Will.

April 10 Julie Black from Thrive at Home and Christine Friedberg from Griswold Home Care NOVA East talk about the role of a Caregiver Agency in providing caregivers for seniors aging in place [at home]
April 24 Caregivers Sue Savage and Joi Watt discuss the risk, rewards and challenges of being a caregiver
May 8 Attorneys Betsy Sue Scott and George Dodge discuss the role, qualifications, investigation, visit and report of the GAL in Adult Conservator and Guardianship Cases - Part 1 .
May 22 Attorneys Betsy Sue Scott and George Dodge discuss the GAL report, role in contested and uncontested cases, fees, and commons problems in GAL in Adult Conservatorship and Guardianship -Part 2.
June 12 Selling Maryland Real Estate from an Estate or Conservatorship 
June 26 Selling District of  Columbia Real Estate from an Estate or Conservatorship
July 10 Reverse Mortgages - Overview
July 24 Reverse Mortgages - Planning Opportunities
August 14 Overview of District of Columbia Probate - Part 1
August 28 Overview of District of Columbia Probate - Part 2
September 11 Guardianship of Special Needs Child - Part 1
September 25 Guardianship of Special Needs Child - Part 2
 

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