Estate Planning

What Are My Duties as an Estate Executor?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

If you have been named the executor of a loved one’s estate, that person is trusting you to handle all of their affairs as they would wish. It’s an honor, but it can also be a difficult task. Before someone names you as their executor, they will likely ask if it’s a job you want....  read more

Tips for Selecting Your Executor

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

When you die, you want to make certain that your estate is dispersed according to your wishes. Selecting the right executor is a key part of ensuring this occurs. The executor acts on your behalf and has all of the legal powers regarding your property as you did. They are able to pay your debts,...  read more

Wills vs Trusts – The Basics

Friday, February 1st, 2019

When it comes to determining how you will leave your assets to your heirs, you have a number of options. While most people think of a will as the main tool of estate planning, trusts are another great option. In fact, in many instances, a trust is a better option. Before you decide how to...  read more

Do You Need a Special Needs Trust?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

If you’re considering leaving your heirs property, money, and other assets, you may be looking at using a trust to do so. There are a number of benefits to a trust over simply distributing your items via a will. However, while wills are all fairly similar, there are different types of trusts that do different...  read more

How to Protect Your Estate from Probate Court

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Probate court is one of the worst legal experiences you can put your family through. It ties up everything in your estate, preventing them from receiving any money or assets you wanted them to have. It’s costly and can take a year or more. It’s also very easy for the court to determine that your...  read more

Leaving Your Estate to Charity

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

If you’d like to leave your estate to charity, you may have a number of different questions about how that’s done. It’s not quite as simple as leaving your estate to your heirs, and there are different options for you to consider. Fortunately, with the help of the right legal expert, charitable giving is actually...  read more

Estate Planning and Your Pets

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

If you have a faithful pet you’ve lived with for years and who may outlive you, you may want to set aside some of your estate to provide care for them. Of course, pets can’t legally own property, so you can’t leave your home or any money to them. What you can do, however, is...  read more

I Want to Give My Estate to Charity – How Do I Do That?

Friday, August 31st, 2018

If you don’t have anyone to leave your estate to or believe strongly in a specific charity, you can leave your estate to that charity. This involves creating a charitable remainder trust or CTR. While a CTR is similar to other trusts in some ways, it does have a few notable differences. For one, it...  read more

I Don’t Have Much – Do I Still need to Plan My Estate?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Many people never seek out the advice and assistance of an estate planning attorney because they feel like they don’t have enough assets to really need one. They put everything in their will and leave it at that, but this isn’t always the best idea. In fact, even if you don’t think you have a...  read more

Estate Planning Mistakes

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Contrary to a common belief, estate plans are not exclusive to the rich and famous; this is simply because most people have at least one thing of value to them such as a car, money, or a house. Many people can benefit from having an estate plan in place; what most people do not know...  read more

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