Estate Planning

Living Trusts — Not just for Millionaires

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Living Trusts can Benefit More than Millionaires Complex tax planning for the ultra-wealthy almost always involves the use of various trusts.  But it is a mistake to think that trusts are only for millionaires.  Trusts can provide a number of benefits for those with more modest wealth, as well as those with millions in the bank. What is a Living Trust? Living Trusts, or Revocable Trusts, provide more flexibility, more privacy, and various other benefits when compared to a simple Will or other testamentary plan.  A properly funded living trust will avoid Probate and the accompanying court...

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When to appoint a patient advocate or draft a living will.

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

The Basics of a Patient Advocate or Living Will We are frequently asked when or if a client needs to appoint a patient advocate or draft a living will.  The simple answer to that question is that everyone should have a patient advocate and that it should be done sooner than later.  Some common reasons that bring people to a lawyer to draft a living will include the following: Declining health Diagnosis with a terminal or serious heath condition Desire to direct another regarding your wishes so that they will be more likely carried out An impending hospitalization or surgical procedure What...

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Do I Need an Estate Planning Attorney?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

What Does an Estate Planning Attorney Do? No one likes to think about what happens after they are gone – but almost everyone can benefit from doing a little Estate Planning. Obviously, individuals with a high net worth need Estate Planning. But Estate Planning attorneys are not just for the wealthy. If you own a home, have minor children or have bank accounts with more than a few dollars in them, some Estate Planning now can ensure that everything is handled according to your wishes after you are gone. Estate Planning ensures that your home, money and assets pass to your heirs as quickly and...

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Estate Plan Basics — What is an Estate Plan?

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Estate plan Basics One of the first questions that many clients ask of an estate planning attorney is: What is an estate plan?  Some clients believe it is a will.  Others understand that a complete estate plan is more than a will but they are not sure what that might be. To put it simply an estate plan is more than just one document, it is a process.  During that process the clients work with the estate planning attorney to gather information and examine all of the issues that need to be addressed as part of the final documents.  During that process the client and the attorney often uncover...

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Trust Funding Issues

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

Clients who prepare a comprehensive estate plan with a trust, will, power of attorney and medical directive have won the battle but not the war.  In many cases after the plan is complete we continue to see trust funding issues.  Clients or professionals cause trust funding issues when a portion of the plan is not followed to completion. Funding issues are caused in a number of ways.  Some issues come about when the trust is initially prepared.  A small number of attorneys prepare trusts for clients without any instructions for how it should be funded.  This mistake is inexcusable.  Often...

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Do you need an estate plan?

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Estate Planning | 0 comments

The estate plan is again in focus as the result of the recent death of Prince.  A number of articles have identified the number of people that are interested in Prince’s estate as either full or half siblings and more distant relatives.  In addition to the known relatives, there are others that are making a claim against his estate suggesting that they were children born out of affairs that were had by the pop star many years ago. The fact that Prince’s estate plan is in such disarray is really surprising given the sophisticated way he protected the rights to his music and his...

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