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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Wisconsin on
Q: Limited power of attorney was not signed exactly as the name was printed. Will it still be valid/accepted?

The name listed at the top of the document is First, middle, last name. However, it was signed as First name, middle initial (only, not whole middle name) and last name. I also have a copy of his drivers license in his whole name, but with the signature the same as on POA: First, MI, Last name, to... Read more »

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Akin Williams answered on May 6, 2019

Powers of attorney are very strictly construed.

The power of attorney you refer to, may well be rejected on the basis that there is a discrepancy in the name of the donee as it is not identical with the name stated on the Power of Attorney.

In addition to the proof of ID which you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Maryland on
Q: In Maryland, it appears that witnesses to a will must appear to verify a will in probate. However, must they be found?

Must witnesses to a will be found and accounted for in any way in an uncontested probate? What about a self proving will? Must the witness's verifying statement be sworn before a notary? What if only one of the witnesses is alive and can be found?

Akin Williams
Akin Williams answered on Mar 15, 2019

In the United Kingdom. there is a presumption of regularity of the validity of a will where a will is signed by the deceased testator in the presence of two witnesses both being present at the same time as per the requirements of the Wills Act.

In a recent contentious case we were...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Florida on
Q: Husband passed. I have checking account joint, but not our savings. What should I do?

Also several properties with the deed under both our names. I want to sell some one them. Is there a waiting period to be able to sell? Also, do I need to transfer all the deeds to my name? If so, how?

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Akin Williams answered on Mar 13, 2019

If any of the bank accounts and properties were located in England & Wales , United Kingdom OR your husband was EITHER domiciled in England and Wales,United Kingdom OR his will stated that it be governed by the Law of England & Wales,the law of England & Wales would be relevant and apply.... Read more »

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