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Wills, Probate, and Advance Directives: A Beginner's Guide

Information regarding estate planning and the creation of legal documents to prepare for end-of-life issues, such as wills, probate, and health care advance directives.


Contemplating end-of-life issues is not anyone’s favorite topic, but it is important to do so in order to ensure your final wishes are carried out. As such, it is not surprising that many of our patrons show an interest in these matters.

We hope the information in this research guide helps you get started in your exploration of the law regarding wills, probate, and advance health care directives. If you still have further research questions after reviewing this guide, please feel free to use our Ask a Librarian service, linked on this page.

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W. Dendy Sadler. Country Clients. 1905. Popular Graphic Arts. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

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To locate any of the print resources listed in this guide in a library near you, visit Worldcat External, type the title or the pertinent subject heading in the search box, and from the results page, select a result. Finally, on the catalog entry page, scroll down to the “Find a copy in the library” section, enter your zip code (or city and country, if outside of the United States), and click the “Find libraries” button to find libraries in your area that have the resource.