Giving donations to a charitable cause is a noble act of kindness. And you are also likely well aware that as with donating to charity during your lifetime, dedicating a portion of your estate to a charitable cause can reduce the taxable value of your estate. But it doesn’t end here. You may be surprised to learn about the numerous benefits available when you incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan. Learn more here!
Wills and trusts are two of the most commonly used estate planning documents. Both documents are legal vehicles designed to distribute your assets to your loved ones upon your death, but the way in which they work is quite different. To know the best way to determine whether or not your estate plan should include a will, living trust, or some combination of the two, meet a Personal Family Lawyer for a Family Wealth Planning Session.
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.
Although same-gender marriage is legally recognized in all 50 states, long-held prejudice at both political and family levels continues to create complications for married and unmarried same-gender couples. With this, especially if you're a member LGBTQ+ community, estate planning is even more critical for you and your beloved to ensure that they will be protected and provided for in the event of your death or incapacity.
A last will and testament is the most commonly thought-of document when it comes to an estate plan. But really, it's only a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of court and out of conflict if and when something happens to you. Do not think you can just write your own will that will help your family, especially when you plan on creating it online. If you need help in getting started, consult with Personal Family Lawyer® that will help you through the process.
To make certain that your business—and the income it generates for your family—would continue to run smoothly when something happens to you, you need to create a comprehensive estate plan, and it really needs to include a trust. Without such a plan in place, your business will be stuck in an unnecessary court process that could easily cause the loss of everything you’ve worked so hard to build.
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.
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.
Most people don't spend much thinking about planning their estate. Some may rationalize that it's complicated or it takes too much time and effort. But having an estate plan is the best investment that can pay major dividends to your family, especially in the event of your death or incapacitation. It may not be easy as you think, but the benefit you gain from keeping it in place is peace of mind knowing your loved ones will be provided and cared for no matter what happens to you.