Have you considered DIY estate planning? Many people may believe that it is better to have a basic estate plan than no plan at all, whether it is based on an online template or completely DIY. DIY estate plans that are drafted without the right legal advice, however, can force a wide variety of unintended consequences....
Do you have a canine companion or other beloved pet? If so, you may worry about what will happen if you pass away before he or she does. This worry can be even more acute if you have a pet with a longer life expectancy, like a cat or a reptile. Rest assured that there may...
Have you considered potential tax changes that may impact your estate planning? Every new administration comes with potential tax changes that could impact your estate planning. With a new president having taken office, it can be important to look to the tax task force proposals to see what changes might be underway.   It is prudent...
Remarriage can mark an exciting new chapter in life. It can also, however, create some tricky estate planning issues. Have you considered how you can assure your assets end up where you want them after your death? Let us discuss seven questions to ask before updating your estate plan after remarriage.   How can I make...
Do you know about prenups? A prenup, formally known as a “prenuptial agreement,” is a contract entered into before marriage wherein the parties can lay out how their assets will be distributed in the event of their death or a termination of the marriage. The agreement is called a “postnuptial agreement” if the contract is entered...
Did you know that your estate plan should be updated on a fairly regular basis? Changes in the law and in life often merit updating an estate plan to help ensure that it best reflects a person’s intentions and goals. After major life events, namely key familial changes, it may be a good idea to review...
With higher life expectancies, multigenerational families, or families composed of three or more generations, may become the new norm. When it comes to estate planning, how do you contemplate the different needs of a multigenerational family?    In a multigenerational family it may be important, and difficult, to remember to put yourself first. As the head...
The U.S. is posed for a change in presidents. Does a new administration, however, mean that you need a new estate plan? With different presidents having such different agendas, the changes in laws on the horizon may mean that you should be mindful of keeping your estate plan as up to date as possible so that...
If you are a Florida resident, you may already enjoy some of the tax benefits of living in the state. When it comes to estate planning, however, you may still want to keep an eye on different tools that can help you minimize your tax burden and preserve your eligibility for programs that can assist you...
How do I choose an estate planning attorney near me? This is an important question that will likely require the consideration of several factors. Finding someone with specific estate planning experience can be key. You will likely want an attorney who is nearby, has experience and credentials you can count on as well as someone who...