A comprehensive estate plan addresses not only what happens to your property and assets when you pass away, but how to take care of you and your affairs if you become incapacitated. Incapacity planning is not just for those in their older years. An accident or illness can happen at Continue reading
Pros and Cons of a Family Limited Partnership
If you own your own business or have accumulated some investment portfolio, it is important that you do as much as you can to protect the efforts of your hard work and dedication. A family limited partnership (FLP) is a strategy worth considering — whether you seek to protect yourself, Continue reading
Probate is Still Necessary?
A living trust is often promoted as a way to avoid probate and the costs, time delays, and loss of privacy that accompany it. Probate is the legal process for proving the validity of a person’s will after their death and appointing the nominated personal representative or executor. Continue reading
Three Reasons to Avoid Probate
Although having a will is a good basic form of planning, planning with a will involves some drawbacks. A primary drawback is that a will does not avoid probate. If you own property such as a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset in your name only and you have Continue reading
Why a Trust Is the Best Option to Avoid Probate
A big goal in estate planning is to make things easier for our loved ones. A comprehensive estate plan can allow your money, property, and legacies be transferred to your intended beneficiaries in a harmonious, stress-free, and fair process so that your loved ones to grieve and deal Continue reading
The Pros and Cons of Probate
For many of our clients, probate is an unnecessary process that we try to avoid. But the probate system is there for those who need it, in some cases because of lack of proper planning and in others because of the benefits and protections that probate may offer. The probate system Continue reading
Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Planning
Many people have mistaken ideas about estate planning. The uncomfortable thoughts of incapacity or death accompanied by inaccurate information that is shared have caused many to accept common myths.
Myth #1: Only the Rich Need an Estate Plan
We often hear in the news about a celebrity Continue reading
Trust and Estate Administration – Who Should Attend the Meetings?
A loved one’s passing is felt by their entire surviving family. But when it comes to carrying out the decedent’s final wishes, not everyone has an equal say. Instead, in most cases, only one person—the executor, personal representative, or successor trustee—plays that key role. This Continue reading
HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!
After a loved one dies, their money and assets must be distributed to the right people, either according to their will or state law (found in the default distribution scheme in its “intestacy” statute). While most people want the settlement process to be done as soon as possible, Continue reading