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Who Should Be Your Successor Trustee?

If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your own financial affairs, but eventually, someone will need to step in for you when you are no longer able to act due to incapacity or after your death. Your successor trustee plays an important role Read More

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Passing Along a Benefit, Not a Burden

Why Incapacity Planning for Business Owners is an Indispensable Component of Your Plan Most business owners have their estate planning prepared because they are worried about what will happen to their business after they are dead.  However, proper estate planning has the added benefit of allowing you to make plans for what will happen if Read More

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How to Minimize Legal Fees After Death

Death is a costly business.  Aside from funeral expenses, legal fees can take a big chunk out of how much is left for your loved ones after you’re gone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Careful planning can minimize the legal fees your loved ones will pay after you die.  Here’s how: Make Read More

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3 Reasons You Want to Avoid Probate

When you pass away, your family may need to visit a probate court in order to claim their inheritance. This can happen if you own property (like a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset) in only your name. Although having a will is a good basic form of planning, a will does Read More

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10 Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

“Protecting What’s Yours!” is our primary goal.  A trust is a great way to meet this goal.  Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting.  However, that’s what I, as an estate planning attorney, do every day. I know the laws and will design a plan which addresses Read More

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What To Do When a Disability Throws Your Estate Plan Into Chaos

Work with a qualified estate planning attorney to ensure that: There’s an authorized person to make financial and healthcare decisions for you if you become mentally or physically unable to do so yourself. There’s also an authorized person to manage your property, pay your bills, file your taxes and handle similar business if you’re unable Read More

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FAQs on Blended Families

I’m married to my second spouse, but my spouse and children from my first marriage get along really well. Why would I need to consider estate planning? They may be getting along well now, but there’s no telling what will happen after your death. The court records are full of cases that could be said Read More

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3 Asset Protection Tips You Can Use Now

“Protecting What’s Yours!” is our goal.  We want to help you keep what you have worked hard for during your life.  There is a common misconception that only wealthy families and people in high risk professions need to put together an asset protection plan.  But in reality, anyone can be sued.  A car accident, foreclosure, Read More

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3 Celebrity Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

“Protecting What’s Yours!” is our primary goal.  With extreme wealth accumulated, one would assume that celebrities would take steps to protect their estates. But think again: Some of the world’s richest and most famous people enter the pearly gates with no estate plan in place, while others have made estate planning mistakes that tied their Read More

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How to Choose a Trustee

“Protecting What’s Yours!” is our primary goal. When you establish a trust, you name someone to be the trustee. A trustee does what you do right now with your financial affairs – collect income, pay bills and taxes, save and invest for the future, buy and sell assets, provide for your loved ones, keep accurate Read More

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