Tag: estate planning

Is your Child a Graduate? Then you must read this!

It was just a year ago that I was graduating! Well, that’s not really a true statement even though I feel very young. It was 18 years ago that I graduated from High School. Wow! Yes! I said it! 1999 was the year when…

How to Live Before You Die

In Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, he said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” When Jobs was 17, he read a quote that made…

Why Involve your Financial Advisor, Attorney, and Accountant at Your Family Meeting?

Some people might have misgivings about having a third-party advisor present at an otherwise private family gathering, and it is certainly not a mandatory step. However, you might want to consider inviting your financial advisor, estate planning attorney, or accountant to the meeting for…

What should you discuss at the family meeting?

Once you’ve committed to discussing your estate planning with your family, what should you share specifically? Should you detail the entire plan with them, or just an outline of it? Should you go into detail about who gets what? The specifics of what should…

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?

The view of a peaceful beach with white sands and and bushes in the background.

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…