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Are You Leaving Your Retirement Account at Risk Due to Poor Planning?

Are You Leaving Your Retirement Account at Risk Due to Poor Planning?

80% of retirement account beneficiaries immediately liquidate the account and frivolously spend the assets

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Recent Superstar Death Brings Estate Planning to the Forefront of Discussion

Recent Superstar Death Brings Estate Planning to the Forefront of Discussion

If you do not plan for your death, your family will get stuck in Court and could end up in conflict as well

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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Estate Planning for Blended Families

The term “blended family” has become commonplace in our society and refers to a family where one or both spouses were previously married and have children from the prior marriage. In some instances, the new couple goes on to have children of their own. With children, stepchildren

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Legal Strategies to Avoid Guardianship Proceedings

Legal Strategies to Avoid Guardianship Proceedings

All of these processes will prevent the need for a court to appoint a guardian for you if you become incapable of managing your own affairs. In my experience, it is important to do everything possible to avoid court and having a non-interested third party judge, who knows nothing about you, from making decisions that will impact your life.

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Go to Walmart for Bananas, Not Estate Planning

Go to Walmart for Bananas, Not Estate Planning

Creating an estate plan is something you do to leave a legacy of care and love for the people who matter to you the most. Working with an attorney who understands your goals and wishes for your family, and can articulate those in a well-crafted estate plan, is a much better alternative than relying on a one-stop shopping experience.

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7 Steps to Creating an Estate Plan That Keeps Your Family Out of Court

7 Steps to Creating an Estate Plan That Keeps Your Family Out of Court

Many people fail to create an estate plan because they don’t truly understand what is involved and therefore believe it is too complicated. But the real truth is that creating an estate plan during your lifetime is far less complicated than what your family will deal with after you are gone, if you don’t.

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Tips & Rules for Estate Executors and Administrators

Tips & Rules for Estate Executors and Administrators

If you have been named the executor of someone’s estate or the Trustee of a Trust, you may be unaware of all the details this responsibility entails.  Most parents name a child as an executor, but seldom do children then do the necessary research to see what

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How to Avoid Family Conflict When Making an Estate Plan

Unfortunately, money has a habit of bringing out the worst in people, even in the best of families.  One of the most important reasons to get your [city/state] estate plan handled is to keep your family out of conflict.  And, yet, without the right counsel, your estate

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How Your Taxes Will Change in 2013 – In A Nut Shell

The bill approved in Congress to avert the fiscal cliff would bring the first major tax increase on high earners in 20 years. Payroll Taxes Increase to 6.2% from 4.2% (almost a 50% increase) Taxpayers Making $200,000 (Single), $250,000 (Couples) Would See Payroll (Medicare) Taxes Increase an

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QTIP Trusts

A QTIP trust, or Qualified Terminable Interest Property trust, is a special type of A/B trust. Have I lost you yet? Not to worry… keep reading! Let’s start at the beginning. An A/B trust is a marital trust system comprised of two trusts, an A trust and

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