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Barbara Bavis, Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress
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Note: This guide is adapted from the blog posts "Drafting a Will: A Beginner's Guide"; "The Administration of a Probate Estate: A Beginner's Guide"; and "Health Care Advance Directives: A Beginner's Guide" on the Law Library's blog, In Custodia Legis.
Created: June 28, 2018
Last Updated: September 12, 2023
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