While a will is a necessary part of most estate plans, your will is typically a very small part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will alone cannot guarantee that your family will not go to court if you become incapacitated or when you die. If you want to learn why? Here are the things you should not expect your will to accomplish!
August is “National Make-A-Will Month,” and if you have already prepared your will, congratulations—too few Americans have taken this key first step in the estate planning process. Yet, while having a will is important—and all adults over age 18 should have this document in place—for all but a few people, creating a will is just one small part of an effective estate plan that works to keep your loved ones out of court and out of conflict.
Using independent contractors (ICs) can give your company an edge in today's thriving gig economy, but if you're not careful, contractors can also be a serious liability. In fact, working with ICs comes with a number of unique legal and financial risks that can be potentially ruinous to your business if not handled properly.
You might think only the wealthy need to worry about asset protection planning. But the truth is that if you don't have millions, you may be at even greater risk. For instance, if you're a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against you might not be that big of a deal. But it could be devastating for a family with a modest income, savings, and home. Before it's too late, learn the strategies you may use to safeguard your assets.
Regardless of what industry you're in, the reality of being a business owner is that you open yourself up to a number of unique risks that most people don't have to worry about—and the more successful your business is, the more risks you face. And because most business owners aren't fully aware of all the potential risks that can affect their company or the options available to protect their personal assets from the risks of doing business. This is where asset protection planning comes in.
Smaller items, like family heirlooms and keepsakes, which may not have a high dollar value, frequently have the most sentimental value for our family members. But for some reason, these personal possessions are often not specifically accounted for in wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. To ensure your heirlooms and keepsakes don’t create unnecessary conflicts among your heirs, ensure that your estate plan includes all of your assets, especially your family heirlooms and keepsakes.
If you are thinking of starting a business, you’ll find all sorts of advice about how to go about getting your new venture off the ground. Indeed, there are entire websites devoted to the topic. Yet, with so much information out there, it’s hard to know what you should heed and what you can ignore. To make things simple, we’ve compiled a list of six essential strategies for getting your new business up and running with the least amount of hassle and risk.
One of the most difficult things to do is think about the possibility we may die unexpectedly or too early, leaving our children without one of the most important people in their lives. That's why protecting your children in any way possible, including legally, would be at the top of your priority. Create a legal plan to protect your children if something happens to you. This is one of the best Father's Day gifts you can give yourself and the people you love.
If a family member or friend has asked you to serve as trustee for their trust either during their life or upon their death, it's a big honor—this means they consider you among the most honest, reliable, and responsible people they know. However, you should know that being a trustee takes a major responsibility, and the role is definitely not applicable to everyone. Here's why!
Although married same-gender couples are now enjoying nearly all of the same rights as opposite-gender couples, there is still one key right that’s still up in the air—the automatic right to be legal parents. While parental rights are automatically bestowed upon the biological parent, the non-biological spouse/parent still faces a number of challenges when it comes to obtaining full parental rights. Luckily, same-gender couples do have an alternative to adoption—estate planning.