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“You’ve considered how you want your estate to be distributed after you die. Hopefully, you’ve even written a will to make sure your wishes will be followed. So, your estate is planned…right?” Continue reading
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“Has it been a while since you reviewed your estate planning strategy? If so, it may require some updating, based on recent changes to laws impacting your tax and retirement planning.” Continue reading
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“If you have children or are expecting one, you may also want to take the three big estate planning steps that we did.” Continue reading
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“Remote mental health care use among Veterans Affairs patients jumped dramatically last month as normal medical care appointments were disrupted and veterans forced into self-isolation because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” Continue reading
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“One of the biggest threats to your financial security isn’t the markets, interest rates or even your job security. It is a lack of preparation, particularly for unexpected events, that usually leaves investors reeling when markets swoon. If you haven’t protected yourself from the potential downsides in life, after all, then it’s difficult to maneuver when the unforeseen strikes.” Continue reading
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“There are many ways to implement a successful retirement strategy. One of them is to carefully map out a sensible financial plan and then stick to it through thick and thin. Another is just to wing it, using your intuition and gut feelings, and hope for the best.” Continue reading
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“Unless you are a spring breaker partying it up, you have probably given your own mortality a once-over or two during these long COVID-19 days.” Continue reading
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Fever, cough, and shortness of breath were early on identified as symptoms of COVID-19, but additional symptoms are emerging. Continue reading
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When you schedule your first meeting with an estate planning attorney, you may not know how to prepare. You can take a few steps prior to the meeting that will help you get the most out of your time with the lawyer. Continue reading
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“The main reason that people choose to have a living trust instead of a will, is that it avoids the probate system. Probate is the legal proceedings to decide whether a will is legal and binding. It also is the court session to decide where the property will go, if there is no will provided.” Continue reading
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“Until now, you may have viewed writing a will as something you’d get around to doing someday. However, because of the vicious coronavirus, it’s time to treat writing a will as something every bit as important as washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, considering the potential consequences of not doing those things.” Continue reading
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While some of you are home, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing to avoid the Coronavirus, remember that scammers are still busy trying to take advantage of people. Continue reading
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“A will and a living trust are both part of a comprehensive estate plan, that sometimes are inconsistent with one another. When there are conflicts, the trust takes precedence.” Continue reading
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“Instead, they placed the items in a charitable remainder trust, received a tax deduction for part of the value, received income from the trust and then gave a sum to a charity of their choice.” Continue reading
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When trying to get your affairs in order, you may wonder which medical treatment estate planning documents you need to sign. In no particular order, you can choose to sign an advance directive, a power of attorney, a living will, a POLST form, or a DNR form. Continue reading
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We should take this opportunity to learn again what it really means to be social and find new forms of social connection. Continue reading
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If you are very ill or just want to give your doctors more instructions about the care you want, consider signing a California Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. Continue reading
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Unique aspects of the coronavirus pandemic may cause you to re-evaluate some elements of your current estate plan. Continue reading
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If you have ever thought about selling property to relatives or someone involved with an estate so that you can take a tax deduction, you might want to rethink your plan. A specific part of the United States tax laws forbids deductions for this kind of transaction. Continue reading
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“One of the key functions of the family law system is to ensure that children are looked after appropriately. This is the basis for the doctrine of legal guardianship.” Continue reading
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If you or a loved one is a nursing home resident … or may be considering long-term nursing care … keeping nursing home residents safe from COVID19 is a top concern. Here’s what’s being done now. It’s no secret that nursing homes across the country have been hard-hit in this... Continue reading
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“The reality of COVID-19 has forced many individuals to address the ‘what if’ scenarios that were previously unthinkable, or at least the situations that no one ever wants to talk about or deal with.” Continue reading
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Resource solutions during COVID-19 that will help you maximize opportunities to update and ensure the long term value of your estate plan. Continue reading
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“When is the last time you updated your will? Could your beneficiaries have changed? If you have a trust, did you actually fund it? Is your plan ready for the new SECURE Act? Here are five mistakes you don't want to make.” Continue reading
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Many people decide to plan their estates so that they can avoid or limit the need for probate court. Having an estate go through probate has several significant downsides, including cost and time. Continue reading