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What Should Not Be Included in a Trust?

February 27, 2022
A revocable living trust is a great tool to help your assets pass smoothly to your beneficiaries and it can significantly reduce the headaches of probate.
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What Is Elder Law?

February 20, 2022
Estate Planning may not be something you necessarily WANT to think about, but it could protect your interests and wishes long after you are gone.
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An Estate Planning Lawyer Can Prevent Your Children from Inheriting Your Money

February 20, 2022
I’ve decided I no longer want to leave my estate to my children. They are ungrateful brats. How can I set things up to give my money to charity when I die?
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Probate and Non-Probate Assets- What's the Difference?

February 20, 2022
Non-probate assets are those assets which do not go into an estate when the owner dies.
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Estate Planning Avoids Leaving Money to Your Ex

February 14, 2022
State laws generally make it so that once a married couple is divorced, ex-spouses lose all property rights.
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What Happens to Your IRA & 401(k) If Your Spouse Dies?

February 10, 2022
The rise in the stock market over the past several years, teamed with the passage of the SECURE Act two years ago and the scheduled 50% reduction in the size of the federal estate tax exemption four years from now, has resulted in a renewed interest in estate planning for IRA and 401k accounts owned by married couples.
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A Trust and Your Home

February 9, 2022
Part of being a responsible homeowner is having a proper estate plan in place. After all, considering the home is generally the largest asset most people own, it's prudent to ensure this asset is passed to the people you wish to leave it to.
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When Do I Need to Review My Will?

February 8, 2022
Whether you drew up a will recently or years ago, keep in mind it’s generally not something you can set and forget.
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ELDER LAW: When to Talk to Mom about Cognitive Decline?

February 7, 2022
Your elderly mother is getting forgetful and confused. What do you do now?
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ESTATE PLANNING: What’s your First Step?

February 6, 2022
For young professionals finding their way in the world and just beginning the journey of building wealth, death can seem like a far-off abstraction. However, the cold reality is that no one ever knows what’s around the corner — health problems and freak accidents can happen at virtually any time.
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