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A Primer on Advance Medical Directives

While the main objective of estate planning is to help individuals protect their assets and provide for  loved ones, there are other important considerations, such as planning for incapacity. In short, it is crucial  to plan for the type of [...]
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The Difference Between Equal and Equitable Inheritances

When it comes to estate planning, many individuals believe that dividing assets equally among adult children is the best choice. However, there are situations in which leaving each child the same amount might not be practical. For this reason, [...]
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Why Do I Need A Living Trust?

If you have done any research about estate planning, you may have questions about the differences between a will and a living trust. A will is a document that describes your wishes for your assets and certain other matters after you pass away. [...]
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Responsibilities and Obligations of the Executor/ Administrator

When a person dies with a will in place, an executor is named as the responsible individual for winding down the decedent’s affairs. In situations in which a will has not been prepared, the probate court will appoint an administrator. [...]
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Making Decisions About End of Life Medical Treatment

While advances in medicine allow people to live longer, questions are often raised about life-sustaining treatment terminally ill patients may or may not want to receive. Those who fail to formally declare these wishes in writing to family members [...]
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Top Five Estate Planning Mistakes

In spite of the vast amount of financial information that is currently available in the media and via the internet, many people either do not understand estate planning or underestimate its importance. Here’s a look at the top five estate [...]
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Common Types of Will Contests

The most basic estate planning tool is a will which establishes how an individual’s property will be distributed and names beneficiaries to receive those assets. Unfortunately, there are circumstances when disputes arise among surviving [...]
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The Revocable Living Trust

There are many benefits to a revocable living trust that are not available in a will.  An individual can choose to have one or both, and an attorney can best clarify the advantages of each.  If the person engaged in planning his or her estate [...]
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Preventing Will Contests

So, you have a will, but is it valid?  A will can be contested for a multitude of reasons after it is presented to a probate court.  It is in your best interest to have an attorney draft the will to prevent any ambiguity in the provisions [...]
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Disinheritance

Inheritance laws involve legal rights to property after a death and such laws differ from state-to-state.   Heirs usually consist of close family members  and exclude estranged relatives.  Depending on the wording of a will, an individual [...]