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Tips for a successful estate planning family meeting

When you hold your family meeting, a bit of awkwardness is to be expected at first—after all, no one in your family (presumably) is likely eager to discuss what will happen when you die or in the event of incapacity. Remind everyone that is…

Why You Shall Talk to Your Family over the Holidays about Your Estate Plan

We work hard and build up assets and we are strong in the fight for causes that matter to us. It is very fulfilling to know that we can share our wealth and our legacy with our family. It is impossible to plan for…

It’s Not Just About Death and Taxes: The Essential Legal Documents You Need for Incapacity Planning

Two weeks ago Jane (not her real name) called my office trying to find out if I had prepared an estate plan for her dad. She had found among his belongings my contact information but no documents. She was desperate and hopeful. After asking…

Do you Have a Guardian for Incapacity? Factors to Consider when naming a guardian or guardians for incapacity

As we mentioned before, having guardians named for the event of incapacity is a very important task if you want to avoid a court process (a guardianship) and an stranger making decisions over yourself and your assets.  It is easy just to throw names out…

Estate Planning? For what?

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Estate planning? I am not rich!  Estate planning? I am not going to die! Have you said that yourself many times? Yes, I know. I have said it too. It was not until my daughter was born that I really understood the importance and…

Will v. Trust. Who wins?

So what does a Trust do that a Will does not? Below are some of the main differences:  Planning for incapacity – Wills have nothing to do with incapacity.  Will based plans must rely on a durable power of attorney or a guardianship proceeding…

Another Super Star Dies Intestate: What happens now?

This is not the first time it happens and, sadly, it continues to happen. Prince, as did Elvis Presley, died intestate – without an Estate Plan. There was no Will or Trust drafted. The consequences? Well, the answer would be court battles, family disunity,…

Revocable Trust vs. Irrevocable Trust: Which Is Best for You?

Trusts  allow you to avoid probate, minimize taxes, provide organization, maintain control, and provide for yourself and your heirs. In its most simple terms, a trust is a book of instructions wherein you tell your people what to do, when, and how. While there…

How to Avoid Sending Your Loved Ones (and Assets) through Probate

Today many people are using a revocable living trust instead of a will or joint ownership as the foundation of their estate plan. When properly prepared, a living trust will avoid the public, costly and time-consuming court processes guardianship (due to incapacity) or probate…

Nosey Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate. Really!

Most people think of probate as a private process. However, since Wills are filed at the courthouse, probated estates become a matter of public record. That means your nosey neighbor Nellie can simply go down to the courthouse or hop online and find out…

Trust Planning? What are my options?

Creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting.  However, that’s what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the laws and know how to design the right plan that works for the needs of the individual client and the client’s…

Wills vs. Trusts: A Quick & Simple Reference Guide

the time abou I talk all the time about a Will and a Trust as two different things and I always get confused glares. Not sure about the differences between wills and trusts?  You are not alone. While it’s always wise to contact experts like…