When to Write and Update Your Will

It is often difficult for an individual to go through the process of planning for his or her own death. This, however, is an extremely important action that everyone must take in order to provide for the well-being of his or her heirs in death. A recent article discusses certain events after which it is… Read More »

Transferring A Residence To A Living Trust

The decision to transfer the title of a home to a living trust is not a decision that should be made lightly. An individual should speak with their estate planning attorney before deciding to make such a transfer, as many potential consequences may be unforeseeable by a lay person. If you decide that you would… Read More »

How to Minimize Estate Taxes

Income Taxation of estates and trusts is inherently complicated. With the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, this area of estate planning has become even more complicated. A recent article discusses how to minimize income taxation. It is important for fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates and trusts alike to be aware of… Read More »

Obstacles in Business Succession Planning

Often, the path to business succession is not smooth. As a recent article notes, the single best way to ensure that succession planning goes as smoothly as possible is to be proactive. Family businesses should have a succession plan in place long before they anticipate needing it. According to director of the Family Business Alliance,… Read More »

Debts After Death

In order to determine the nature and extent of a deceased person’s estate, it is important to determine the financial position of the deceased. A recent article discusses how to deal with the debt of a loved one after he or she has died. If the decedent had any credit cards, an important consideration is… Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Probate

Every adult should take the time to create an estate plan. A vital part of the estate planning process is considering whether you would like your estate to go through the process of probate. A recent article discusses the pros and cons of probating an estate. One benefit of probate is that, through probate, the… Read More »

Estate Planning When You Have Children With Special Needs

For parents with special needs children, estate planning is especially important. Most special needs children will need a designated person to care for them after their parents have died. A recent article discusses several aspects of estate planning when special needs children are involved. When special needs children are involved, an estate plan should include… Read More »

How to Protect Your Assets

As the most litigious country in the world, the United States boasts one lawyer for every 265 Americans. According to asset protection attorney Hillel Presser, “There are over a hundred million lawsuits every year. One in three people will be sued in the next twelve months.” With the ever-present possibility of a lawsuit, it is… Read More »

Three Common Estate Planning Mistakes

As a recent article points out, one of the best ways to learn is from the mistakes of others. In that vein, the article discusses three common estate planning mistakes: (1) failing to prepare a will; (2) failing to update your will; (3) creating a do-it-yourself will. Failing to Prepare a Will The single biggest… Read More »