Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for Feb. 24, 2015:
• Married, no children or parents living. If it's just you and your spouse, 100% goes outright to your spouse.
• Married, no children, one or both parents living. Here, your spouse will receive the first $100,000 of assets plus one-half the balance. The remainder goes to the surviving parents.
• Married with children. If you have children, the state dictates that the first $50,000 goes to the surviving spouse plus one-half of the remainder. The balance goes outright to the children. Note that if the children are 'minors', they cannot receive property outright and, generally, the probate court judge will appoint someone as the 'guardian-ad-litem' - something like a financial custodian - to oversee the money for the benefit of the child or children. While you may assume your surviving spouse would manage the money for your children, there is no assurance of this since it's up to the court's discretion. Don't forget, a guardian-ad-litem gets paid from your assets!
• Unmarried, no children but one or more parents living. If you are not married and have no children, then 100% of your probate estate will go to your parents equally.
• Unmarried, with children. If you are unmarried and have children, then 100% of your probate estate will pass equally to your living children. Note that if any of them are minors, the same rules regarding the guardian-ad-litem apply.
• Unmarried, without children or surviving parents. In this case, your probate assets will go to your siblings, equally.
For more information and a state-by-state guide, visit www.WelchGroup.com click on 'Resource Center'; then 'Links'; then 'Intestate Succession Laws- State by State'. Your best choice is to consult with an attorney who is skilled in wills and estates.
Here's what happened after 1 year - both groups lost weight. The AHA dieters lost close to 6 pounds on average. The high fiber dieters lost a little over 4 ½ pounds on average. Both groups lowered their blood pressure and improved their "insulin sensitivity", which means improved blood sugar. The AHA dieters were less likely to develop diabetes. So while the more complicated AHA diet was the better of the two, the high fiber dieters did pretty well – with one small, simple change. Now, this is not a huge weight loss over a year's period – but it's not bad. Especially when you just made one change.
Tips for Increasing Fiber Intake:
• Aim for at Least 5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day.
o 1 apple: 4 grams of fiber
o 1 medium banana: 3 grams
o 1 cup cooked broccoli: 5 grams
o 1 small baked potato with skin: 3 grams
o 1 cup raw carrots: 3 grams
• Choose More Whole Grains
o 1 slice whole wheat bread: 2 grams
o ¾ cup bran flakes: 5 grams
• Eat More Starchy Beans & Nuts
o 1 ounce pistachios or almonds: 3 grams
o ½ cup lima beans: 6 grams
That's 34 grams of fiber! How does eating more fiber help you lose weight? Researchers really aren't sure but it could be several things:
• Fiber is filling so you may eat less of other foods
• Fiber lowers the absorption of calories
So start filling up on fiber today and you may see your weight go down – at least a little!