Estate planning is a continuous activity, not a one-time event. You probably already know how vital it is to make an estate plan, but you might not realize how crucial it is to keep that plan up to date. If you want your plan to succeed and keep your family out of court and out of conflict, you need to update it immediately in response to frequent life occurrences. No matter who you are, your life will change: families change, assets change, laws change, and ambitions change. This article will o
It is never easy to think of your passing, even harder considering that even death has a price. The average funeral cost is between $7,000 and $12,000, rising yearly. Yes! You made a bequest in your will to pay for funeral expenses. However, the money is not readily accessible because of the probate court procedure. Imagine your loved ones experiencing both grief and financial hardships. The best course of action is through us, your Personal Family Lawyer®. Allow me to demonstrate the five most.
If you die without a will or with doubt about your will, your family will almost certainly wind up in court and fighting. With so much uncertainty surrounding Anne Heche's case, it's possible that the late actress didn't have any trust in place as well. Her lack of planning caused various issues for her loved ones. Keeping these in mind, we'll go over Heche's estate planning blunders and how to prevent them so that your loved ones never have to face a similar circumstance.
If you have children from a previous marriage, and you become incapacitated or die, leaving everything to your new spouse or partner, there is almost certain to be some conflict (whether spoken or not) between your children and new spouse. You can avoid all of this (and even use the estate planning process to build stronger bonds with those you love) by having clear planning in place that has been discussed with your children and your new spouse or partner.
Although DMX was successful in music and movies, the rap icon experienced serious legal and financial problems. His story proves that regardless of your financial status, planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death is something you should take care of, especially if you have children. The saddest part of this whole situation is that all the conflict, expense, and trauma that DMX’s loved ones are likely to endure could have been prevented with comprehensive estate planning.
Legendary hip hop artist Earl Simmons, known as DMX, passed away at age 50 after suffering a heart attack. Despite selling more than 74 million albums and enjoying a wildly successful career in music and movies, DMX, who died without a will, left behind an estate that some estimates report being millions of dollars in debt. With so much wealth and so many children, his failure to create an estate plan will likely mean his loved ones will be stuck battling each other in court for years to come.
A Lifetime Asset Protection Trust is a unique estate planning vehicle specifically designed to protect your children's inheritance from unfortunate life events. The sudden death of a Legendary host, Larry King, became controversial because of not using Lifetime Asset Protection Trust to distribute his assets to his children upon his death. His story demonstrates that do-it-yourself planning can have terrible consequences for your loved ones - even worse than if you had no estate plan at all.
Setting up an estate plan is the best way to preserve wealth, but without a proper update of your estate can lead to misunderstanding and conflict that will make your assets tied up in the court instead of passing it to your family. This is what happened to the legendary tv and radio host, Larry King, who passed away this year, leaving his current family and children from his previous marriage in a legal battle over his estate because of not updating his estate plan.
Every state has different terms for what happens when you become incapacitated or die, especially when you have a blended family. One of the most common problems that arises of having a blended family is that the deceased’s children from a prior marriage and the surviving spouse end up in conflict. Unless a comprehensive plan has been created. That way, not only do the people you love get the assets that you want them to receive, but you may also be saving them for years of legal conflict.
Just like any parenting arrangement, platonic parenting requires massive levels of trust, communication, and planning since child-rearing is an immense responsibility that lasts a lifetime. Having an estate plan designed specifically for your family's condition that spells out you and your partner's legal rights, responsibilities, and wishes ensure your new family has a proper legal foundation that keeps them away from court and conflict in the event of your potential incapacity or death.