Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Four Probate Terms You May Need To Know

If you have been named as the executor of an estate, or appointed by the court as an administrator, there are some legal terms that you may encounter as you execute your duties. While some of these are common terms used in other forms of law, others are unique to estate law. Here are a few that you may see:


When an estate is going through probate, taxes and the debts of the estate must be settled prior to settlement taking place. Unfortunately, sometimes there are not enough liquid assets to do this. When there is an abatement, certain bequests or gifts that are listed in the will are reduced, and the difference created by the reduction is then used to create a fund to take care of the expenses or to fund other bequests that have priority. 

Blocked Accounts

If any of the beneficiaries named in the will that is in probate are minors, the court may order that any assets that they are entitled to receive be placed in a blocked account until they reach a certain age. The assets will be held in a savings or brokerage account until the court issues an order to release them. 

Case Management Conference

If there are terms within the will, or the will is being contested, the court may attempt to find common ground between the parties prior to the case being heard in court. In this type of conference on the judge and the involved parties are present. There are no witnesses or evidence presented.

Trial Readiness Conference 

If a compromise is not reached during a Case Management Conference, then the court may schedule a Trial Readiness Conference prior to trial. This may also be referred to as a pretrial or settlement conference. In addition to being another attempt to facilitate a settlement in the case, there are other reasons a Trial Readiness Conference may be held. Some of these are:

  • Accelerate the outcome of the case
  • Set the expectations of the trial
  • Review the preparation of the parties prior to trial and more

In some cases, this conference may just take place between the attorneys and the judge. 

These are just a few of the many terms you may encounter. (There will be many more.) You don't have to figure them out on your own. A probate attorney can help you not only understand the terms but what is expected of you as a result of them being used. Call one for a consultation today.

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Understanding Trademark Law Protections

Welcome, I'm Darby Church. I'd like to share my journey from retail manager to business owner using this website. My attempts to start a business of my own were complicated by the actions of an unethical party. In short, I shared too much information about my products and they were stolen before I could get the business off the ground. Luckily, I had already filed a trademark for those items, which meant they were protected by the law. I still had to hire a lawyer to help me win the case. I took the complaint to court to end the run of products from my unlawful competitor, so I could start running my business. The process enlightened me about the ins and outs of trademark law. I hope my experience can help you avoid the same pitfalls or fight for your products with help from a lawyer. Thanks for visiting.