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

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

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?

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

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?
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