Estate Planning

Passing real property to a loved one properly

Posted on: May 21st, 2015
One common way to avoid probate of real estate after the owner dies is to hold the title to the property in joint names with rights of survivorship with children or other beneficiaries. This is accomplished by adding the names of the children and certain legal terms to a new deed for the property and then recording it in the applicable public land records. ...

Choosing the Right Successor Trustee

Posted on: May 5th, 2015
Today many estate plans contain irrevocable trusts that will continue for the benefit of a surviving spouse's lifetime and then for the benefit of several generations. Since these trusts are designed to span multiple decades, it is crucial to choose the right succession of trustees....

Estate Planning for Everyone

Posted on: April 29th, 2015
Estate planning is as much about passing values to loved ones as it is about passing material possessions....

Posted on: April 20th, 2015
The Obama administration recently released its budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. As in past years, this budget proposes changes to the laws governing federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes....

Getting Ready

Posted on: April 13th, 2015
You've finally decided it's time to meet with an estate planning attorney and get your affairs in order. It's time to make sure your family is protected. ...

Naming a Successor Trustee

Posted on: August 6th, 2013
If you have a revocable living trust, you probably named yourself as trustee so you can continue to manage your own financial affairs, but eventually someone will need to step in for you when you are no longer able to act due to incapacity or after your death. The Successor Trustee plays an important role in the effective execution of your estate plan....
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