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.
Know that no matter how poor or rich your parents are, they must have an estate plan in place because their affairs will affect you and become your responsibility if they become incapacitated or die. Their estate plan ensures that their assets will be distributed to their heirs according to their personal wishes, no matter how much or how little they can be. If you do not know whether or not your parents have an estate plan in place that will help you best support them, read on!
In part one of this series, we discussed 529 plans and education savings accounts, which are both popular options for saving for a college education. Do you know the main reasons for their popularity? It's their tax-saving advantage! The money you contribute to a 529 account grows on a tax-deferred basis, and withdrawals are tax-free, provided they're used for qualified education expenses, such as tuition, room and board, and other education-related fees.
If you have started to save for your child or grandchild’s college education, it’s worth considering whether to use a 529 plan, an education savings account, or an Irrevocable Trust. Here’s what we think you should consider as you decide!
With everything that is happening in the world—and with the volatility of the stock market and our current reality —knowing your options is vital to preserving the life and legacy of your parents. If you or your parents have a retirement account, and you're not intimately connected to how your assets are being invested, it's time to get more involved. It's the best thing to do to preserve your family's legacy.
You may think your pets are family, but the law considers them to be nothing more than personal property just like your cars, furniture, and electronic devices. In order for the law to treat your pets the way you want them to be treated, it is your responsibility to make that clear through estate planning. If you would like your pets to be taken care of properly after your death, you have to plan ahead to ensure their safety and care when you are not able to do it yourself.
Planning for natural disasters can be stressful and most of us are caught off guard and find ourselves completely unprepared when a natural disaster strikes. Yet, all do not have to be lost. Planning for the unknown can actually save you lots of money and more importantly, help protect your loved ones from harm or becoming traumatized by the ensuing chaos. Here are some simple tips that will help you prevent loss and get back on your feet should disaster strike.
It can be difficult trying to convince your elderly parents about the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine during the pandemic but with proper communication and telling them how much you care using "I" statements will help them realize your point. Be clear about why you're worried and model the way for them, even if they have not modeled the way for you in the past. Read here to learn more about how to effectively communicate with your parents and get them to stay at home.