These days, more and more young people are delaying—if not totally foregoing—a life that involves marriage and parenting. The lack of jobs, crushing student debt, multiple recessions, and the pandemic have pushed many young people into a life path that leaves little room for getting married—and even less room for having children. If you're single with no children, you might think there's no need to worry about creating an estate plan. But this is a huge mistake.
While the DIY approach might be a good idea if you're looking to build a new deck for your backyard, it's actually one of the worst choices you can make when it comes to estate planning. Are you willing to put your family's well-being and wealth at risk just to save a few bucks? If you want to do the right thing for those you truly love, contact your Personal Family Lawyer to get your Life and Legacy Planning started.
Creating your estate plan using online document services can give you a false sense of security—you think you've got estate planning covered when you most likely do not. Keep in mind, just because you created "legal" estate planning documents online, that doesn't mean they'll work when you or your loved ones need them. Without a clear knowledge of your family dynamics, nature of your assets, and how the legal process works upon your incapacity or death, you're likely to make serious mistakes.
No matter how well you think you know your loved ones, it's impossible to predict exactly how they'll behave when you die or become incapacitated. No one wants to believe that their family members would ever end up fighting one another in court over inheritance issues, but the fact is, we see it all the time. The best way to deal with estate planning disputes is to do everything possible to prevent family conflicts from making sure they never occur in the first place.
Summer is coming, young people across the country are about to reach a key milestone: high school graduation. If you have a child claiming their diploma, now is the time to prepare them for life after leaving the nest, but make sure they've got the proper planning in place. By doing so, you're modeling good financial stewardship and setting them up right from the start. Financial and legal illiteracy is an epidemic that you can quickly address, starting with yourself and your own family.
Biden’s proposed Build Back Better plan would require approximately $7 trillion. Such an astounding amount of revenue most likely means a surge in taxes. Biden’s policy front is zeroed in on high-income taxpayers, and yes, that includes corporations and estates. You might want to plan ahead to minimize legal and financial repercussions arising from these proposed changes. From increased business taxes to lowered itemized deductions, here is an outline of Biden’s economic plans.
Superheroes never die, they just fade away. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther legacy will surely live on for years to come. However, with the court currently probing into his million-dollar estate, King T'Challa might be remembered differently by the public. Apparently, the actor died without completing estate arrangements causing his widow to petition to be named administrator. As sad as it sounds, Boseman is one of many celebrities who neglected to create a detailed and thorough estate plan.
With record-breaking 80 million votes, Joe Biden is well on his way to the White House. When he finally takes over in 2021, there will be key changes to watch out for especially in the tax landscape. Biden is set to inherit a battered economy so he is essentially focused on increasing revenue from taxes. As estate owners, now is the perfect time to update your existing estate plan in preparation for a massive political realignment next year. Here are the probable major economic shifts for 2021.
While estate planning is probably one of the last things your teenage kids are thinking about, given the dire threat coronavirus represents, when they turn 18, it should be their and your number-one priority. At 18, they become legal adults in the eyes of the law so you no longer have the authority to make decisions regarding their health care & finances if something happens to them. While you can't totally prevent your child from any unforeseen maladies, you can put a plan in place to assure th
2020 saw the passing of one of Marvel’s greatest superheroes, The Black Panther, King T’Challa. After four years of box office hits and hospital treatments, Chadwick Boseman has succumbed to colon cancer, ending a stellar career and leaving a million-dollar estate behind. However, it turns out that Boseman died without a will. Though this is a fairly common occurrence, such a situation has legal consequences that might take ages to resolve. Not to mention costly and even distressing.