If your spouse has biological children, you may consider them your own. But, if you haven’t adopted them, they have no inheritance rights. This article by my friend and colleague Steve Hartnett, an estate planning expert, looks at how to plan for step-children. Planning for Step-Children … [Read more...] about Planning for Step-Children
Many people put of their estate planning needs, and don’t even take the time to create a will. Depending on the size of your estate, a will can an important estate planning document that can allow you to achieve a number of things. If you choose to put off some of full estate planning, you should at least take the time to create this important estate planning document. Take a look at the information below, to learn more. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to begin your estate … [Read more...] about Don’t Have a Will? Now is the Time to Make One!
If you are one of the millions of Americans who has failed to create an estate plan, you are officially signed up for the government estate plan. When you fail to execute as much as a Last Will and Testament or Living Trust prior to your death, your estate will be handled according to the government’s rules and laws since you are considered to have died intestate. So how does the government estate plan work? For starters, except for the most modest estates, it is likely that everything you own … [Read more...] about The Government Estate Plan for Intestacy
Many who have yet to create an estate plan tell themselves “When I become rich and famous I’ll do it because then I will really need one”. Surprisingly, many of the rich and famous still don’t get around to it, creating a legal nightmare when they die. Consider the following short list of rich and famous persons who failed to leave behind an effective estate plan. Abraham Lincoln: Despite being a lawyer himself, even the 16th President of the United States died intestate. Jimi Hendrix: One … [Read more...] about Dont End Up Rich, Famous, and Intestate