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estate planning lawyer
An estate plan is one of the most important legal documents you will create in your lifetime. Estate planning is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, divorced, remarried, have kids, adopted kids, or don’t have any kids. An estate plan outlines in detail your wishes in various areas of your life, [...]
Top 40 Under 40 National Black Lawyers Jasmine Gregory
Apple Payne Law is proud to announce that our very own Jasmine Gregory has been recognized by the National Black Lawyers Top 100 as a Top 40 Under 40 attorney! What are the Top 40 Under 40 Awards?   These awards are given to selected attorneys who are recognized through peer recognition and professional achievements [...]
probate estate

What is an Estate in Probate?

An estate in probate (or "probate estate", an alternative term used in a number of U.S. states) is defined as "all the assets a person owns at his or her death that are subject to probate administration.”    When a person dies, their last will and testament, or will, typically dictates how their assets are [...]
estate planning for parents
As a parent, can you skip a complicated subject like estate planning? Well, yes. But we won't advise that; not unless you want your loved ones to lose what you've worked hard for. A good attorney, however, can make it all seamless. We've laid some foundation on what estate planning is and the costs associated [...]
adopting older children
Opening up your heart and home to a child in need is one of the most selfless acts.  While babies and younger children usually have an easier time getting adopted, more than 20,000 youths age out of the foster care system. Adopting older children is a great way to provide stability and support to a [...]
estate plan
Marriage is one life event that should make you say, “it’s time to think about our future.” One of the most important parts of that involves creating an estate plan. It's not an easy topic to talk about, but it is important for newlyweds to discuss -- especially if you have or are planning on [...]
international adoption
If you’ve decided to adopt a child, and want to learn more about the adoption process, there are a few different types of adoption you can explore. One of these options is international adoption, which is when you decide to adopt a child from outside the United States.   There are plenty of children around [...]
adoption misconceptions
The adoption process is an exciting time for you and your family. Choosing to adopt a child is a big step, and you are truly embarking on the journey of a lifetime. However, if you or someone in your family is planning to adopt a child, there are a lot of common adoption misconceptions you [...]
Estate Planning Meeting
When it’s time to start preparing yourself and your family members for the future, it can become a little overwhelming at times. There are plenty of documents, discussions, and difficult conversations that occur while you’re planning your estate - so it’s only natural to prepare yourself accordingly. Prior to meeting with your estate planning attorney, [...]
single parent adoption
Choosing to adopt a child is a big decision. It’s taking on financial, legal, and personal responsibility for someone else’s well being - however, there is nothing more exciting than raising a child. If you’re a single adult who wants to adopt a child, maybe you’re wondering what your options look like from a legal [...]