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.
The staggering events of 2020 have greatly affected each person’s overall mental and emotional health. Faced with sudden changes such as sickness, loss, or unemployment it is difficult to stay positive. No pun intended. However, this may be an opportunity to invest in your most important asset—yourself. It is a time of unearthing your skills and talents that may have been stored away all this time. As each person is unique you surely have something to offer that nobody else could. You could be t
Advanced health care planning is an ideal way to prepare for the future. Being unable to relay your healthcare instructions in the event of death or incapacity will be an added emotional burden to your already distressed loved ones. With the current pandemic overloading hospitals everywhere, it becomes more urgent to put your documents in place before it is too late. Find out what other directives to include in your plan to expedite the decision-making process and to ensure your family’s safety.
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.
The CARES Act is a trillion-dollar program that provides direct economic assistance to workers, families, and small businesses. It is free money from the government that will hopefully relieve citizens of some of the financial strains brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Qualified individuals will be given money thru direct deposit while business owners can apply for loans. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of this new law.
The world is still shaking from the colossal impact of COVID-19 especially in the health sector. Now is a high time for you and for the family to make informed decisions regarding your health care needs. From the basics of a medical power of attorney to the intricacies of living will, here's what you need to know about advanced healthcare planning.
Even multimillionaires are not immune to an oversight in designating their heirs. One prominent example is Kobe Bryant whose legal team failed to list his youngest daughter in the family trust. And though they can easily correct this, it's not the same for everyone. Hefty legal costs and lengthy proceedings can have a tremendous financial impact on your family.
One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is financial literacy - helping them understand not just the value of properly managing their money but also understanding your family's situation and the importance of wealth preservation. It is a gift you can give that lasts a lifetime. In today's generation, money is still not a typical dinner table discussion in many affluent and working-class families, but we think it should be. Read here to learn more.
With all of the media about "digital wills" and "online estate planning nowadays", it is really tempting to think that you can do your estate planning yourself, online, for a single reason - to reduce cost. Your reasons may be good but may not go well with your intentions towards your family as online estate planning can be a big trap and may leave your family and assets at risk - worse off than if you had done nothing at all. Read here to know why and how to do it the right way.