Tag: trust

Is a Living Will and a Will the same thing?

So often people come to my office because they want a “Living Will.” After questioning what they want, it happens that what they want is a “Will” or also known as Last Will and Testament. A “Living Will” and a “Will” are not the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What is the different between Dying Intestate or with a Will or Trust?

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is, as Martha Stewart would say, a “good thing.” However, many of us don’t take the steps to get that estate plan in place because we don’t understand the nuances between wills and…

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…

HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!

After a loved one dies, his/her  estate must be probated (court action through which assets are transferred to heirs or beneficiaries). While most everyone wants the probate process to be done as soon as possible, probate can take a year and more, even for a…