Should you have Co-trustees when preparing your Estate Planning

When clients select a successor trustee for their trust, they frequently choose one person to serve as a successor trustee at a time. Many attorneys continue to recommend that only a single trustee be appointed to avoid the potential for disagreements or conflicts between co-trustees during the trust administration after the trustmaker’s death or disability. [...]

By |2021-08-27T20:46:00+00:00August 27th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Should you have Co-trustees when preparing your Estate Planning

Caught in the Undertow: How No Estate Plan (or a Bad One) Could Leave Your Family Overwhelmed

Many people love to spend part of their summer vacation at the beach, enjoying the ocean and sunshine. But there may be unseen dangers that are crucial for beachgoers to keep in mind: For example, the undertow is a current of water, often quite powerful, below the surface, that is moving away from shore when [...]

By |2021-07-02T13:44:31+00:00July 2nd, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Caught in the Undertow: How No Estate Plan (or a Bad One) Could Leave Your Family Overwhelmed

Living, Testamentary, and Constructive Trusts: Are They All the Same?

In the world of estate planning, terms that refer to legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. What is a will, and how does it differ from a trust? What distinguishes a springing power of attorney from an immediate power of attorney? [...]

By |2021-06-18T09:22:13+00:00June 18th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Living, Testamentary, and Constructive Trusts: Are They All the Same?

What Are the Rights of a Child Born Outside of Marriage?

Despite the prevailing view, children born to unmarried parents are commonplace. Historically, children in this category were treated poorly by both society and the law. In many cases, they had no right to inherit from either parent. This legal scheme eventually changed and provided means for these children to inherit from their mothers, but rarely [...]

By |2021-06-04T20:29:47+00:00June 4th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What Are the Rights of a Child Born Outside of Marriage?

Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor

The person you choose to be your executor (sometimes called a personal representative) will play an extremely important role, as that person will be responsible for gathering, securing, managing, and ultimately distributing your money and property when you pass away. As a result, you should make your selection only after careful consideration regarding who is [...]

By |2021-05-28T13:00:11+00:00May 28th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Legal Requirements to Consider When Selecting an Executor

What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

When planning for death, most people assume they will die before their beneficiaries (e.g., their spouse, children, and grandchildren). While these assumptions are often well-founded, they do not always come to pass. Sometimes a beneficiary of an estate or trust dies before the person leaving the inheritance. If this has happened to you, you may [...]

By |2021-04-09T12:29:50+00:00April 9th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan

Conversations about death and dying are rarely fun. Most people avoid them because they invoke feelings about our inevitable demise. Broaching this subject can be particularly difficult for parents and their adult children. Adult children may avoid bringing up the topic because they do not want to think about their parents’ mortality, and they may [...]

By |2021-03-12T18:16:34+00:00March 12th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan

Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound

When an individual passes away, tax issues are one of the many things that must be considered. For most individuals who pass away, a final income tax return must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state (if the particular state also taxes income) to settle any income tax liability that may exist. [...]

By |2021-03-05T16:00:37+00:00March 5th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound

Estate Planning After Personal Injury Settlements

In the hectic and sometimes dangerous world that we live in, it is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen and people get hurt. The U.S. legal system is designed so that those who suffer injury through the avoidable fault of others can seek compensation for those injuries. Sometimes injuries are so severe that [...]

By |2020-09-04T17:58:24+00:00September 4th, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments
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