Whether taking the time to create an estate plan or not, many people wonder how their affairs will be handled after they die. This is a completely natural thing to think about. It’s important to have some idea of how affairs are handled, so that you understand the power of estate planning. Take a look at some of the information below, to better understand how your affairs will be handled. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to create an estate plan, contact a qualified, … [Read more...] about What Happens After You Die…With or Without an Estate Plan (part 1 of 2)
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Periodically, sit down and reevaluate your need for life insurance. It’s often an essential part of an estate plan. Life insurance can be used to: Replace income Fund a business buy – sell agreement Create an estate Pay federal estate taxes Equalize an estate Provide an inheritance for a child not in the family business General life insurance tips: Only pay premiums that won’t take food off your table. If you are insurance poor, you’ll end up dropping it. Term … [Read more...] about Do You Need Life Insurance?
Are you looking to avoid probate? Luckily, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your assets avoid the probate process. Avoiding probate will allow your loved ones to get their inheritances quickly. Avoiding probate can also save time, money, and keeps your affairs private. Take a look at the information below to learn more about some of the probate avoidance options. If you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss a probate avoidance plan, meet with an experienced, … [Read more...] about Probate Avoidance Made Easy (part 1 of 2)
If you’re in a blended family, such as a second marriage with children from a previous relationship, you can do much to keep the peace in your family with your estate plan. One way to keep the peace, using your estate plan, is to specifically consider and plan for your children. This could include not making your children wait until your second spouse dies before they will inherit. Waiting and putting the children second may cause hurt feelings and a breakdown of relationships that you’ve … [Read more...] about If You’re in a Second Marriage, It is Important to Plan to Protect Your Children
Trusts have been around for hundreds of years; specifically, the living trust gained popularity in the 1970s as a probate avoidance technique. Today, living trusts are often used as a foundational document in estate plans. We've found that many folks have both questions and misconceptions about the living trust; so, in this three part series, we answer your living trust questions. Does everyone need a living trust? Most folks would likely benefit from having a living trust; however, if … [Read more...] about Answers To Your Living Trust Questions (3 of 3)
In California, a “conservator of the person” is the individual who makes general welfare, health care, educational, and life-style decisions for an incapacitated adult. An adult may become incapacitated due to dementia, disease, or disorder. In some other states, this person is called a guardian. However, as noted below, in California, a guardian is the person appointed in connection with a minor (under 18) child. Examples of decisions would be where someone lives and what medical … [Read more...] about What is the difference between a “Conservator” and a “Guardian”?
Each of these 13 disturbing estate planning facts is true; but, each situation can be avoided with a strong, individualized, comprehensive, and up-to-date estate plan. If you don’t name a guardian in your will, your minor children could end up with persons you either don't like or don't know. If you don’t provide for your pet in your estate plan, your pet may be euthanized when you die. If you put assets in joint tenancy with a second spouse, your children may be disinherited. If … [Read more...] about 13 Disturbing Estate Planning Problems
The terms conservator and guardian vary in their usage from state to state. In California, they have specific and different meanings. Let's explore them. A “conservator of the person” is the individual who makes general welfare, health care, educational, and life-style decisions for an incapacitated adult. An adult may become incapacitated due to dementia, disease, or disorder. Examples of decisions would be where someone lives and what medical treatment he or she receives. In … [Read more...] about Differences Between a “Conservator” and a “Guardian”
One of the best parts of an estate planning attorney’s job is answering client questions. It’s an essential part of the estate planning process so we’ve outlined some of your questions below. This is part II in our three part estate planning question series. Do I have to leave my children an inheritance? No, even minor children are not legally entitled to an inheritance. Many would argue that there is a moral obligation to leave funds for the care of minor children. If you choose not … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Q and A: Part II of III
Think you don’t need an estate plan yet? Parents of young children have many responsibilities. This includes always ensuring that their children are safe and cared for. If you’re a parent, it’s important to have an estate plan in place. Take a look at some of the things that you can do to make sure that your children are always cared for. If you have any questions about how parents of young children can protect their children with an estate plan, meet with a qualified, experienced estate … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Concerns for Parents of Young Children