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Category Archives: Estate Planning
Do You Need A Trust?
The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Trust - Keep in mind there are many different types of Trusts, one size does not fit all, and if this is something you’re considering, it’s best to schedule a consultation to find out what is best for you and your situation.
Estate Planning: What You Need to Know
Estate planning rarely gets the attention it should get. Are you saving for your children’s education, purchasing a second home, or thinking about when and how to retire? These are all topics that people talk about with their friends and their financial advisers but deciding what happens to your remaining assets when you die is […]
Estate Planning Advice for Women
No matter what your age or how much money you have, consider getting these items into place: A financial power of attorney, naming the person who will make money decisions for you if you can’t A health-care power of attorney, naming the person who will make health-care decisions for you if you can’t A living […]
Longer Lives Provide Us with an Opportunity to Redesign the Way We Live
Maybe it’s time to get serious about a major “redesign of life.” Thirty years were added to average life expectancy in the 20th century, and rather than imagine the scores of ways we could use these years to improve our quality of life, many just have a longer ‘elderly’ life. As a result, many are […]
When An Estate Planning Attorney Can Help
Let’s say your mother has a trust that includes stocks that were your father’s. Possibly the stocks started as an employee purchase and were touched only two or three times over the years. Your mother receives a quarterly dividend from the stock, typically half in cash and half to the stock growth. So, what would the tax consequences be if this stock is left upon her death to be split among her three surviving children? Would it be better to start cashing the stock before she passes and put it in a trust account for her needs?
Can You Challenge A Trust Based on Undue Influence?
What happens if you believe someone (say a sibling) used undue influence on an aging parent to get them to amend their trust? Let’s say the trust originally split everything evenly between you and your sibling, but now your parent is experiencing dementia and your sibling has hired an attorney and coerced your parent to […]