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Friday, August 31, 2018

How to Fix Five Common Estate Planning Problems

Not surprisingly, most people put off reviewing their estate plan because it can be both confusing and daunting. Others do not want to think about death and avoid the topic altogether. If you already have put an estate plan together, you are ahead of the curve as many people do not have one. If you do not yet have an estate plan, there is no better time than now to sit down and get one in place. In either scenario, below are five common estate planning mistakes and how to fix them so that you are fully protecting your family.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Trust for Fluffy or Fido?

Estate planning is about protecting what’s important to you. Although much of the traditional estate planning conversations focus on surviving spouses, children, and grandchildren, many pet parents wonder about what could happen to their “furry children” after their death or if they become incapacitated and unable to care for the pets.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Beneficiary Designations and a Blended Family: Why You Need to Think Before You Sign


Whether you are in your first marriage or have remarried after a divorce, blended families are a common part of modern society. That being said, it is important to understand that blended families and subsequent marriages create important and unique issues when it comes to estate planning. You may need to account for a prior spouse who is still caring for minor or disabled children, and also possibly make sure your current spouse and any children you had together are also taken care of after you pass away. The good news is that estate planning can take all of these factors into account. This is true whether you are putting together your estate plan for the very first time or if you need to update your current estate plan due to a change in your circumstances.


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Why Not Just Go Online and Create Your Own Estate Planning Documents Cheaply?

There are many software programs, as well as websites, that sell do-it-yourself estate planning documents. These websites seem to offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to consulting with an estate planning attorney. But do they really meet your needs and protect your family? Is online, do-it-yourself estate planning worth the perceived upfront savings?

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Friday, June 29, 2018

You’ve Finally Done Your Healthcare Directives – Now What?

These important documents can mean the difference between your health care wishes being carried out or family members fighting over whether you should be placed in a nursing home or removed from life support. Healthcare directives usually include both a healthcare power of attorney and a living will, or a form which is a combination of the two. In a healthcare power of attorney, an individual authorizes another individual to make healthcare decisions for him or her if the individual becomes unable to do so. A living will expresses an individual’s preferences about life support.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

What Happens To Your Student Loan Debt When You Die?

There are two issues many people avoid thinking about: death and debt. Student loan debt is part of life nowadays for students obtaining advanced or professional degrees. As of 2017, the total national student debt was over $1.4 trillion with college students graduating with an average of $17,126 in debt.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Are Your Documents Following the Same Script? Basics of Beneficiary Forms and Estate Planning

In the event of your untimely death, the manner in which your beneficiaries -- or those people who receive your assets from your estate -- are determined is highly dependent on how your property is titled. 

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Small Business Owner? Know What Can Happen to Your Business If You Become Incapacitated or Pass Away

Preparing your company for your incapacity or death is vital to the survival of the enterprise. Otherwise, your business will be disrupted, harming your customers, employees, vendors, and ultimately, your family. For this reason, proactive financial planning -- including your business plan and your estate plan -- is key. Below are some tips on how to protect your company and keep the business on track and operating day-to-day in your absence.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

When will I Receive my Inheritance?

If you’ve been named as a beneficiary in a loved one’s estate plan, you’ve likely wondered how long it will take to receive your share of the inheritance.  The length of time it takes to distribute assets in an estate can vary widely depending upon the particular situation.

 


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Friday, March 30, 2018

3 Ways Your Trust Can Help a Loved One with Mental Illness

When a loved one suffers from a mental illness, one small comfort can be knowing that your trust can take care of them. There are some ways this can happen, ranging from the funding of various types of treatment to providing structure and support during his or her times of greatest need.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What to Expect from Estate Planning in 2018

The year 2017 is now fading into the rearview mirror. As we continue through 2018, let’s consider a few things to watch regarding estate planning, so you and your family can be completely protected.



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