What is the Right Will?

Most people assume when they approach the estate planning process that they need a simple will. But the truth is that every person can benefit from having the right will. Determining the right will for you is based on many different factors, including the complexity or the simplicity of your gifting scheme and goals, contingency… Read More »

Is It A Good Idea to Store Your Will Online?

Medical directives and wills are increasingly being stored online in order to allow your loved ones to have access to these crucial materials as soon as possible. This is because far too many people have experienced the unfortunate situation of having to deal with a loved one who did not provide easy access to estate… Read More »

Review Your Will and Prenup Or Postnup Agreement

All legal documentation should be carefully evaluated after you file for divorce and preferably before if you have the opportunity. Two key legal documents that most people have executed and might forget about in the wake of the divorce are the will and any pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement. If your state allows you to execute… Read More »

Understanding the Difference Between Trusts and Wills

Many people who are approaching estate planning for the first time will have critical questions about the right documents to be used in the process. Many people may be under the impression that a trust is better than a will and may be curious about whether or not they can serve as the trustee of… Read More »

Top End of Life Documents You May Need to Consider

Most people know that they at least need a will in their estate plan, even though numerous studies indicate that non-North Americans have a will prepared. Your last will and testament should not be your final word on your end of life wishes.  When you put together these materials, it may help your loved ones… Read More »

Unusual Estate Planning Provisions and You

Unusual provisions in wills could be important for addressing your particular needs. However, it could also confuse your family members if you are not careful. Including final arrangements and funeral arrangements may be a mistake inside your will, because by the time your family members have uncovered your will, it is typically days or even… Read More »

Living Trusts Benefits Series: Avoiding Will Contests

Wills face a higher risk of being contested in court when compared with a revocable living trust. This is because a revocable living trust becomes effective immediately when the trust document is signed and will usually last for some time after the owner passes away. It will, however, only become into effect when a person… Read More »

Key Signs That Your Estate Planning Needs a Revisit

There are numerous different reasons why you may need to set up a consultation with an experienced estate planning attorney as soon as possible. What follows are several of the most common reasons that your estate plan may need a lift. These include: Wrongly titled or untitled assets. Sometimes the best laid plans can go… Read More »

What a Will Cannot Do

Although there are numerous benefits to using a will in your estate planning, it is equally important to be aware of some of the things that a will cannot do for you in the estate planning process. Here are some of the things that you cannot accomplish with a traditional will:   You cannot transfer… Read More »

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Top Reasons You Need a Will

Have you been avoiding the estate planning process because you simply didn’t think you needed it? No matter the size of your estate, there’s a good chance that you and your loved ones could benefit from a basic will. Overlooking this aspect of estate planning, for which the basic will is often a cornerstone, could… Read More »

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Four Things to Remember When You Put Together Your Will

The will is the cornerstone of many people’s individual estate planning efforts. It assists with ensuring that after you pass away, your property will be transferred according your individual wishes. If you pass away without a will, California state laws will be used to determine what happens to your property. There are four critical things… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself with A Will – Four Things to Keep in Mind

A will helps to ensure that your property is transferred appropriately on your death and without one, the state’s intestacy laws will be used to transfer on your property. Many people across the U.S. don’t have a will, although they could benefit from one.   However, there are four things you should keep in mind… Read More »

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Some of The Most Common Poorly Executed Mistakes Within a Will

There is a good chance that you already understand the benefits of putting together a will, if you are searching for this term or setting up a meeting with an experienced estate planning attorney. You probably already know, for example, that your will needs to be signed by you and that your signature also has… Read More »

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How To Be An Executor

Being named an executor of a will is a serious responsibility. However, most people who are named know nothing about how to do the job, says a story in US News. An executor’s job is to handle the estate of the person who died. Basically, the executor identifies the assets and distributes them according to… Read More »

Myths of Estate Planning

If you think being married means you don’t need a will or power of attorney, think again. An article on washingtonblade.com says this is a myth. It says you need a will because if one of you dies, the other may not inherit everything. Your state has laws to ensure that a surviving spouse will… Read More »