Certain events in our lives often trigger an estate plan review. For example, if you get married or divorced, it is very likely you will want to change your Will and other estate planning documents. But what happens if you just find yourself estranged from your spouse? Can you change your estate plan to disinherit your...
Perhaps you signed your Will years ago and need to make a few adjustments. It seems simple, so you decide to go about amending your Will on your own. Unfortunately, Wills are not really do-it-yourself projects. Incorrectly amending your Will can lead to trouble after you have passed away. But you still need to make those...
Whether it is your first time or your third, marriage has a profound effect on your life. Many things may change from your address to your estate planning goals. While planning your wedding and honeymoon, take some time to make your estate plan reflect your new life. It’s important for the future of your new spouse...
Pets are often a big part of our families. In fact, some people refer to themselves as pet parents or speak of their pets as if they were their children. It’s important to care for our animal friends, and this is true even after we have passed on. Some people set up pet trust while others...
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...