Is Our Home Community Property or Separate Property, and Why Does It Matter?

When two people get married, the property they obtain during their marriage is called marital property. This includes anything from real property like homes and rental properties, to stock options, investment accounts, heirlooms, and employment income. A common assumption is that spouses want to share their property with each other. This assumption is not always [...]

By |2021-09-10T12:35:37+00:00September 10th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Is Our Home Community Property or Separate Property, and Why Does It Matter?

Estate Planning Is More Than Just Death Planning

Many believe that estate planning is simply instructions on how to distribute your assets when you pass away, but the reality is that proper estate planning can do much more. While one major benefit of estate planning is to provide for your family and friends when you are gone, there are many benefits for you [...]

By |2021-07-23T20:10:46+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Estate Planning Is More Than Just Death Planning

National Home Remodeling Month: Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

Do you know that, according to the National Association of Home Builders, May is National Home Remodeling Month? Many people associate spring with cleaning out the old, brushing off the dirt accumulated from the long winter, and starting projects around the house that have been neglected for far too long. Perhaps, however, your home is [...]

By |2021-05-07T12:51:54+00:00May 7th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on National Home Remodeling Month: Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

Providing for Your Parents in Your Estate Plan

If you are part of the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), you may also find that you are a member of the sandwich generation, with responsibilities to both your parents (now or in the future) and your children. This should change the way you think about estate planning--instead of the traditional approach [...]

By |2021-04-16T20:51:37+00:00April 16th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Providing for Your Parents in Your Estate Plan

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?

Seven Ways to Avoid Family Fights over Your Property

Ask a group of friends if they have experienced a family fight over property after a loved one has died, and you will be in for a lively and eye-opening conversation. Far too many families end up fighting, or at least experiencing tension, over a family inheritance. But it does not have to be that [...]

By |2021-03-19T20:24:45+00:00March 19th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Seven Ways to Avoid Family Fights over Your Property

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

You Inherited a Retirement Account: Now What?

For decades, common financial planning wisdom has encouraged almost all American workers to maximize their contributions to qualified retirement accounts. Indeed, doing so can be a powerful way to reduce your current income tax liability, grow your savings exponentially tax-free, and, in most states, protect your savings from claims of creditors. And by and large, [...]

By |2021-01-22T15:14:41+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on You Inherited a Retirement Account: Now What?

The Recipe for a Satisfying Estate Plan

Misconceptions about who needs an estate plan abound. Most people believe that estate planning is only for extremely wealthy business moguls or celebrities. But that could not be further from the truth. Estate planning is the process of making decisions about what happens to you, your money, and your property when you pass away or [...]

By |2020-12-18T22:09:37+00:00December 18th, 2020|Estate Planning|Comments Off on The Recipe for a Satisfying Estate Plan

Protecting Your Significant Other’s Future

November is a popular month for couples to tie the knot in the United States. While wedding planning most often includes tuxedos, dresses, rehearsal dinners, and guest lists, an often overlooked part of pending nuptials is estate planning. For young couples beginning a life together and getting married for the first time, estate planning may [...]

By |2020-11-20T14:11:55+00:00November 20th, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments
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