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The Difference between Lifetime and Deathtime Planning… and Why a Comprehensive Plan Must Include Both

Posted on: June 15th, 2017
However, comprehensive estate planning isn’t just death time planning. It’s lifetime planning, too. It’s about ensuring that your medical and financial decisions can be made by someone that you trust....

Why a Trust is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate

Posted on: December 1st, 2016
As Ambrose Bierce once darkly observed, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.”...

Caution: Writing Your Own Deed to Avoid Probate Can Lead to Unintended Consequences

Posted on: June 1st, 2015
If you want your home or other real estate to pass to your children or other beneficiaries without probate, then seek the advice of an attorney who is familiar with the probate and real estate laws of the state where your property is located. ...

Five Things You Need to Know About the Recently Enacted ABLE Act

Posted on: February 15th, 2015
On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) into law. The ABLE Act will allow certain individuals with disabilities to establish tax-free savings accounts that can be used to cover expenses not otherwise covered by government sponsored programs. These accounts can be a great alternative or supplement to special needs or supplemental needs trusts....

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will: 3 Critical Mistakes

Posted on: August 15th, 2014
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a drug overdose in February 2014. Sadly, he left behind three young children - and a fortune estimated to be worth $35 million. He was only 46....

Should I Write My Own Will?

Posted on: August 1st, 2014
I'm sure you have heard this less than eloquent phrase before - 'Garbage in, garbage out.' The phrase is typically used in computer programming and scientific research. Unfortunately, it also applies to the law, legal documents, and writing your own Will....

Will Your Revocable Living Trust Avoid Probate? It Depends.

Posted on: June 15th, 2014
If you've set up a Revocable Living Trust, congratulations! You're definitely on the right track. But...you're only half way there. Many believe because they took the time to create a Trust, their estate will automatically avoid probate. Unfortunately, this is a false sense of security....

Who needs an Estate Plan?

Posted on: May 1st, 2014
The short answer is 'Everyone, age 18 and older needs an estate plan.' It doesn't matter if you are old or young, if you have built up considerable wealth or if you are just entering adulthood --you need a written plan to keep you in control and to protect yourself and those you love....
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