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?

Selling a Deceased Loved One’s Real Estate: Things You Need to Know

After the death of a loved one, such as a parent, there are a variety of tasks that must be handled to wrap up your loved one’s final affairs. Selling your deceased loved one’s real estate is one of the more daunting ones. But before you call a real estate agent, you should take some [...]

By |2021-05-14T21:23:15+00:00May 14th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Selling a Deceased Loved One’s Real Estate: Things You Need to Know

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

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

Why Your Heirs or Beneficiaries May Receive a Smaller Inheritance Than You Thought

Although it is rare for anyone to look forward to the passing of a loved one, many people cannot help wondering about a future inheritance. Often when a person dies and leaves money or property to heirs or beneficiaries, the first thing the heirs or beneficiaries want to know is the overall value of the [...]

By |2021-02-26T19:32:57+00:00February 26th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Why Your Heirs or Beneficiaries May Receive a Smaller Inheritance Than You Thought

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?
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