Fifteen Common Mistakes, and Simple Suggestions to Avoid Them, for a Future Smooth Probate

(335 Ratings)

Produced on: May 25, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This program, presented by estate planning attorney Daniel Timins, will provide an overview of the fifteen most common mistakes made when estate planning. He will walk through all the potential obstacles an attorney may face if he or she is familiar with drafting wills, but has not yet experienced many of the nuances associated with probate. Topics to be discussed include revoking past wills, fixing mistakes after a will has been executed, general bequests, naming beneficiaries, survivorship provisions, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the fifteen most common mistakes when drafting wills
  2. Develop strategies for avoiding those mistakes
  3. Review additional probate considerations, such as identifying witnesses to a will at the time of probate
  4. Discuss best practices for holding clients’ wills in your possession


Daniel Timins

The Law Offices of Daniel Timins

Daniel Timins is an Attorney of Law and a Certified Financial Planner. After graduating from Washington University, he worked at Merrill Lynch, American Express Financial Advisors and Alliance Bernstein Investments. Dan received his Juris Doctorate from Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. He also worked as a legal intern at the Law Offices of Eugenia Vecchio and Associates and the Pace Investors’ Rights Project. Dan specializes in Estate Planning, Probate and Medicaid Planning.

Dan helped draft proposed New York legislation for Insurable Interests of Life Insurance Trusts, New York Insurance Law Section 3205, and participated in submitting proposed legislation for the Revocatory Effects of Divorce, EPTL 5-1.4. He has taught continuing legal education classes for the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Pace Law School and Fordham Law School, and has been a contributing author to several books, national periodical, editorials, and educational programs. 

Dan was named as a New York Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was a recipient of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars Award” by the Business Council of Westchester in 2009. He continues to provide pro bono services courtesy of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Cancer Society, and was the creator of the Wills Drafting Project for victims of domestic violence receiving help from New York City’s Family Justice Center in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association of New York City.

Dan is a former Board Member of the Westchester County Bar Association, a former member of the Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Court Section of the New York City Bar Association, and a former member of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law sections for numerous bar associations.

Mr. Timins is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.  


Tom S.

Excellent presentation.

Edgar M.

very well done

Norma O.

A real course with really useful information. Not a teaser. Thank you!

James H.

The materials were well organized and well presented.

Charles T.

Excellent presentation. A great deal of practical and useful information supplied by Mr. Timins

Steven L.

Great presentation

Robert E.

Very helpful - excellent slides

Mary Kathleen O.

This was superb.

Karl O.

I highly recommend this program to any attorney or paralegal who does estate planning. The tips in this program will save a lot of time and energy.

Timothy S.

Well done.

Linus W.

a good practical course by experienced presenter

Thomas B.

good content and excellent presentation

Maxim S.

Nice lecturer

Shelley M.

This course was very helpful and well presented.

Brenna M.


Andrew D.

Excellent course - the practical suggestions are very helpful.

Courtney B.

speaker was energetic and gave practical advice!

Sonia G.

This speaker was very engaging!

Douglas L.


Jayne W.

he is the best! personable and extremely knowledgeable- a pleasure to listen to and great advice. thank you!

Michael W.

Very informative course

Vanessa B.

I loved this speaker!

Susan G.

This really was top-notch, highly recommend for anyone drafting wills.

Melea B.

Well, that was loaded with good information. The lecturer has a firm grasp on his subject.

Morgen B.


Lori W.

This was a great overview. The speaker covered a lot of important points.

Babette S.

This was an excellent program. The speaker was very engaging in presenting a very dry subject. Thank you.

Michael P.

Very thorough presentation

Jeanine F.


Patricia R.

This was one of my favorite Lawline courses so far. I like the practical advice.

Deborah P.

Very informative.

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