It may seem simple to determine who “owns” real estate. After all, the state maintains property records that are open to the public, and the owner’s name typically appears in those records. However, there are different types of property ownership. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, tenants by the entirety and joint tenants...
Most estate plans include a Will, maybe a trust, a durable power of attorney, and an advance directive. Your advance directive may or may not include a Living Will. It’s totally your choice. However, there are significant reasons to sign a Living Will. In this article, we will consider those reasons and what may happen if...
Retirement planning is about money. People need to plan ahead in order to have enough money for retirement. Estate planning is about more than money. However, a major part of estate planning does involve taking care of your money and other assets. When thinking of the connection between estate planning and retirement, trusts may be the...
Author Mark Twain famously said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ‘tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” He was referring to words, but the concept works in other situations. Sometimes two things are similarly named but are actually very different. In estate...
Baby boomers – an iconic slice of American history. Making up almost 20% of the United States population, baby boomers are reaching retirement age in large numbers. As they retire and eventually pass away, they stand to pass on more than a good name or a quirky family legend. In fact, baby boomers are expected to...
As you consider this important step – preparing an estate plan – you may spend some time reflecting on your life and property. Ask yourself the following questions about estate planning before talking to your attorney. #1 - Do I need an estate plan? This one is easy to answer – absolutely! Whether your estate will...
We’re well into the New Year. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re like most people, you made resolutions related to health, fitness, family, or financial well-being. Estate planning may not have entered your mind as the New Year was rung in, but that doesn’t mean it is not as important as your goal...
Myths have abounded in the world since ancient times. However, over time myths have evolved from stories about Zeus and Poseidon to commonly-held-though-inaccurate beliefs about our modern life. Even a serious field like estate planning has not escaped the formation of myths. In this article, we will set out ‘myth busting’ three beliefs about trusts. #1...
Between the paparazzi and social media, we often know more about celebrities than we care to. In fact, they are so far removed from your life, you may feel that there is nothing to be learned from their trials and triumphs. However, sometimes we can learn what not to do especially in terms of their estate...
Hit the mark. Miss the boat. The words “hit” and “miss” are used in a number of colloquialisms and idioms. The phrase “a hit or a miss” suggests a random, haphazard approach – which is certainly not how you need to do your estate planning! When considering whether your estate plan is a hit or a...