Family Planning

The Emotional Nature of Estate Planning

Posted on: August 10th, 2017
When you hear the phrase “estate plan,” you might first think about paperwork. Or your mind might land on some of the uncomfortable topics that estate planning confronts head-on: end-of-life decisions, incapacity, and your family’s legacy from generation to generation. Those subjects hit home for everyone....

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....

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. ...

Discretionary Lifetime Trusts

Posted on: April 6th, 2015
If you think you only need to create discretionary lifetime trusts for young beneficiaries, problem beneficiaries, or financially inexperienced beneficiaries, then think again. In this day and age of frivolous lawsuits and high divorce rates, discretionary lifetime trusts should be considered for all of your beneficiaries, minors and adults alike....

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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