Tag: wills

102 years-old and counting . . .

About two years ago I had a client walk into my office with very little difficulty. He was 97 years old. He was ready to put his estate plan in place. The conversation turned more into his cardiologist (the one who over twenty years…

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…

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…

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,…

Ha escuchado usted sobre un “trust” pero no sabe que es o como puede beneficiarle?

Primero, déjeme decirle que es un testamento: Un testamento es un documento que indica cómo se van a transferir los bienes del Testador al morir.  Este documento es solo valido después de la muerte del creador y para transferir los bienes a los beneficiarios…

A phone Ap to Draft a Will – A good idea?

This morning, as I was driving to the office, I was listening on the radio about a new smart phone application that creates a Law Will and Testament for you.For what I heard, it even videos the testator makings his/her last Will. It sounds…