Creating a comprehensive estate plan is one of the most important things you will do during your lifetime. When done properly, your estate plan will ensure that your loved ones are well provided for in the event of your untimely death as well as distribute your assets pursuant to your wishes. If not executed properly, it can wreak havoc with your finances and fail to provide the protection for your loved ones that it was intended to do. Given the importance of your estate plan, the first step in … [Read more...] about Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney
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Many people choose to put off estate planning because they feel it is not a necessity until a later time in life. The truth is, everyone needs to have an estate plan in place. This will help to prepare for the unexpected. Below are five key of the benefits of having an estate plan. To commence your planning, schedule a meeting with an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney today. Give you and your family peace of mind. With a plan in place, you and your family members will … [Read more...] about What are the Benefits of Estate Planning?
So, you’ve been putting off the need to plan, right? Were you hoping to plan later in life, so that you could focus on what today has to offer? While your life may currently be busy and exciting, you need to take the time to make difficult decisions, so that you have control over your future affairs. If you neglect the need to plan, you will have no control. Many people seem to think that estate planning is an option; however, if you care about anyone or you want to stay in … [Read more...] about Estate Planning is a Necessity
If you have been fortunate enough to be in a position during your lifetime to donate to charitable causes, then you may wish to continue doing so long after your death. Just as you make plans to provide for your family members and loved ones after your death, you can include charitable giving in your estate plan as well. A thorough consultation with an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney is, of course, necessary in order to incorporate your charity into your estate plan; however, … [Read more...] about Estate Planning and Charitable Giving — Key Points
In the modern digital age, almost any form can be located easily with just a few clicks of a mouse. Legal forms and kits are among the forms that can now be accessed rapidly and easily on the Internet. While it may be tempting to save a few dollars by using a do-it-yourself legal form, the ultimate cost could be much greater than the dollars you initially saved. It seems as though there is a legal form required for almost anything you do. From getting married to starting a business to estate … [Read more...] about Beware of Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms
Bet you never thought to compare your estate planning attorney to your eye doctor. But the experience is similar. Both your estate planning attorney and your eye doctor ask you questions to determine the right prescription for you. “Do you like it this way or that way?” “Which is clearer number 3 or number 4?” This is customized analysis, necessary to determine your prescription for both estate planning and glasses. In fact, sometimes the estate planning attorney determines that you don’t … [Read more...] about How Your Estate Planning Attorney is Similar to Your Eye Doctor
The most significant action of Congress in 2019 relating to retirement and estate planning was the late December passage of the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019”, commonly known as the “Secure Act”. It was signed into law shortly thereafter and is effective January 1, 2020, for most purposes. In this and future newsletters, we will look into the provisions of the Secure Act and also some strategies to maximize benefits and minimize problems created by this … [Read more...] about CONGRESS PASSES THE SECURE ACT: HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?
When considering creating or updating your estate plan in 2020, you will want to make sure that you consider all of your planning needs. This will ensure that you have a proper plan that will protect you during all of life’s unexpected events. The information below will explain more about your needs. In this second installment about estate planning considerations, we address additional issues often overlooked in many estate plans. If you have any questions about the information below, or if … [Read more...] about New Year Resolution: Review Your Estate Plan (part 2 of 2)
A trust requires a few essential components, one of which is a trustee. The trustee performs a wide variety of functions within the trust, making the choice of trustee one of the most important decisions you make when you create your trust. Ultimately, only you can decide who to appoint as trustee; however, there are some factors that are worth considering when making the decision. Location of Trust Assets: This is a factor that is easy to overlook. Because your trustee must manage all … [Read more...] about How to Choose A Trustee
If you own a small business, make sure you include your interest in the business in your estate plan. Even if you plan to leave all your interest in the business to a family member, failing to structure the transfer of your interest in the business in the right way could subject the value of the interest to estate or gift taxes. With proper planning, you may be able to minimize or eliminate estate or gift taxes by using one of the numerous business succession options. Sale of Your Business: … [Read more...] about Estate Planning: Essential for Small Business Owners