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.
When you are a kid, finding a suitable gift for Father's Day can be a struggle. You want to get Dad something he'll enjoy, but you can't afford expensive things. And even after you become an adult, that struggle for the perfect Father's Day gift often continues, albeit in a slightly different way. With this in mind, give your father a tribute to the role he has played in your life by preserving his legacy for generations to come with a Family Wealth Legacy Passage.
Planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death is probably the farthest thing you have in mind, but getting it handled as part of your wedding planning is the greatest gift you can give your soon-to-be spouse. Indeed, once your marriage is official, your relationship becomes entirely different from both legal and financial perspectives, so here's we cover the final three of the six essential items you need to address in your plan.
As we head into the peak of wedding season, if you are a newlywed or are about to tie the knot, add "estate planning" to your do list. And yes, we imagine that at this happiest time of your life, planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death is probably the farthest thing from your mind right now, but getting it handled as part of your wedding planning is the greatest gift you can give your soon-to-be spouse.
Planning for your potential incapacity and eventual death, regardless of your financial status, is something that you should take care of immediately, especially when you have children. While Aretha lived a relatively long life, you'll never know when tragedy may strike, and through diligent estate planning, you can save your family from the needless disputes, expense, and embarrassing public exposure the late singer's loved ones are currently enduring.
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.
In case you missed all of the commercials for floral arrangements that have been airing recently, here’s one final reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9th. But before you spend your money on something that will wilt and die within a week or two, consider getting Mom a truly priceless gift—a plan for her kids that provides her with peace of mind that, when something should happen to her and dad, her children will always be in the care of the people she knows, loves, and trusts.
Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” whose earnings are worth $80 million, died from pancreatic cancer at age 76. Yet, due to poor estate planning, her children have yet to see a dime of their inheritance, and what they ultimately receive will be significantly depleted by back taxes. Also, it’s still not clear whether or not Aretha ever had a valid will. Her story shows how destructive poor estate planning can be for the loved ones we leave behind.
Should you become incapacitated without any planning in place, your family should apply to the court for guardianship. In most cases, the court appoints a family member as guardian, but this isn't always the case. If you have no living family members, or those you do have are unwilling to serve or deemed unsuitable by the court, a professional guardian would be appointed. Here's how you can protect yourself in the event of your incapacity using proactive estate planning.
The Netflix movie I Care a Lot provides a dark, violent, and somewhat comedic take on the real-life and not-at-all funny dangers of the legal (and sometimes corrupt) guardianship system. This two-part series discusses how the movie depicts such abuses, how this can happen in real life, and what you can do to prevent something similar from happening to you or your loved ones using proactive estate planning and our Family Wealth Planning process. Learn more here!