Author Archives: Chris Guest

About Chris Guest

I am a trust and estate planning attorney working in the Washington, DC metro area. I offer comprehensive estate planning, trust administration, probate services and general business counseling for accountants, attorneys, business owners, consultants, federal and local government employees, retirees, other business professionals and other individuals.

The Basics of D.C. Estate Administration Part X: Foreign Estate Proceedings or Ancillary Probate Administration

This is my tenth post on my continuing series on the Washington, D.C. Probate Administration concerning ancillary probate and foreign estate proceedings.  You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level differences between Virginia and D.C. estate … Continue reading

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The Basics of D.C. Estate Administration…Part IX – Creditors Claims

This is the ninth in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration and will describe how creditor claims are handled by the personal representative. You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level … Continue reading

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The Basics of D.C. Estate Administration…Part VIII – Priority of Claims

This is the eighth in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration and will describe the priority a personal representative will pay off the debts of the estate. You can read previous posts in this series … Continue reading

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Supreme Court finds DOMA Section 3 Unconstitutional

On March 27th of this year the Supreme Court held oral arguments in U.S. v. Windsor (“Windsor“).  Windsor involves federal laws and benefits, and their applicability to same-sex marriages. You can read my previous thoughts on the Windsor case here. … Continue reading

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The Basics of D.C. Probate Administration…Part VI: the Inventory

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration. You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level differences between Virginia and D.C. estate administrations (here), Part II: qualifying to … Continue reading

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The Basics of the District of Columbia Probate Administration…Part V: Notice to Creditors, Verification and the First Ninety Days

This is the fifth in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration. You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level differences between Virginia and D.C. estate administrations (here), Part II: qualifying to … Continue reading

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The Basics of the District of Columbia Probate Administration…Part IV: Abbreviated v. Standard Probate and Unsupervised v. Supervised. Hunh?

This is the fourth in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration. You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level differences between Virginia and D.C. estate administrations (here), Part II: qualifying to … Continue reading

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Windsor Argument Today at Supreme Court is about Estate Tax

I am taking a break from my series of posts on the Basics of Probate Administration in the District of Columbia to address current events before the Supreme Court that could have wide ranging impact on estate planning. I mentioned … Continue reading

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The Basics of the District of Columbia Probate Administration…Part III: Opening the Estate

This is the third in a series of posts on the basics of D.C. probate administration. You can read previous posts in this series including Part I: high-level differences between Virginia and D.C. estate administrations (here), Part II: qualifying to … Continue reading

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