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.
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!