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

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

Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Timeshares have come a long way since they first arrived in the real estate market back in the ’70s. In the early days of timeshare ownership, high-pressure sales tactics, exceedingly vague contracts, and inflexible scheduling policies caused many people to quickly regret such purchases. Over time, however, timeshares have become more consumer-friendly with greater transparency [...]

By |2021-02-12T16:51:47+00:00February 12th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Ways to Leave Your Real Estate to Your Loved Ones (and the Pros and Cons)

Owning real estate continues to be a very popular investment vehicle for individuals and couples alike. One attractive feature of investing in real estate is that investment property can also double as a personal residence. In other cases, real estate investments may be rental, recreational, commercial, or farm properties. Whatever the case, it is important [...]

By |2021-02-05T21:51:33+00:00February 5th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Ways to Leave Your Real Estate to Your Loved Ones (and the Pros and Cons)

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?

My Loved One Has Died: As an Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?

You just found out that your favorite aunt, Aunt Melba, has died. In the midst of your grief and sadness, you receive a notice from the attorney handling Aunt Melba's affairs stating that you are a beneficiary. Your best friend advises you to get an attorney. What should you do? Will Aunt Melba's attorney help [...]

By |2021-01-08T21:38:51+00:00January 8th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on My Loved One Has Died: As an Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?

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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