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Collier Law | Wills, Trusts, Probate
Salem, Oregon
Estate planning attorneys offering a relationship-based approach to your legal needs.
Interests: Estate planning, wills, trusts, probate.
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“You’ve retired. You received your gold watch, claimed Social Security and begun to plan that oft-delayed trip of a lifetime…. Where, though, should you enjoy your repose: Hilton Head, South Carolina? Jekyll Island, Georgia? Maui?” Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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“Since last year, the NAHB has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of its members seeking special training to help older clients who want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Remodeling a house is just one way to make that happen.” Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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“For most of your working life, it wasn’t exactly a pressing concern. You might have pondered it for a few minutes as you skimmed your company’s benefits handout, checking to see if your new glasses were covered or if you’ll be reimbursed for your gym membership.” Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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"...had Franklin worked with her attorney to put a trust in place it might have saved her family millions in taxes, attorney fees, and court costs, as well as time exposure to public examination." Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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Whether a trust is considered to be a grantor or non-grantor trust can result in important tax implications. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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If you would like to take advantage of the new lifetime gift tax exemption limit before it reverts to a lesser amount in a few years, you have many options for doing so. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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Many individuals and groups in the U.S. are beginning to seek ways to turn death into a positive experience that focuses on the person involved. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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When you start to think about what you want to include in your will, it can be helpful to begin with a seemingly minor detail and first decide who your personal representative will be. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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It is never an easy decision to disinherit a child. People who have made that difficult decision need to understand that it is also difficult to do legally. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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Before our death we can notify our loved ones of our preference for either burial or cremation. Cremation is the process that converts human remains to ashes and mineral fragments through combustion and oxidation. The furnace used to disintegrate the corpse should reach temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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You may be working with an attorney to draft your estate plan, but the process is not entirely in their hands. In fact, much of what the attorney does depends on you. The attorney assists you by committing to paper the goals for your estate and how it is divided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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We assist clients in their role as personal representative during the probate process, or in their role as successor trustee during the administration of a trust (or both). Probate and trust administration are legal processes that occur after a friend or loved one has passed away. Potential clients approach us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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As you give thought to who you might want to give assets to on your passing, or where you would like to choose as your final resting place, here are a few fun examples to get you thinking: Becoming one with your work Sometimes passion for one’s work can become... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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You may have seen the humorous Scarfolk blog that discusses the “Junior Last Will & Testament”, an easy to read pre-mortem legal document for children. As quoted from the Scarfolk humour blog: “While it familiarised children with the inevitability of their demises in a fun way, it also introduced them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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So much of our business and personal lives is transacted online. Our clients have serious concerns around how digital assets and accounts are managed after death. You may be surprised that online service providers were not required to follow your directives after death or during your incapacity. Who is in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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There are many reasons to review and update your will and other estate planning documents. Below is a partial checklist of events that may prompt you to do so. Birth or Death. If a beneficiary, trustee, or personal representative named in your estate plan has died, your plan should be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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After eighteen years of helping families through probate and post death administration, I have seen many family feuds. These emotional and costly fights are rarely about big assets like retirement funds, investment accounts or real estate. Families fight about “stuff” – sentimental items, family heirlooms, jewelry, furniture, and art. Most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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In Episode 5 of Season 6 of the TV show Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson (played by actor Nick Offerman) showed his Last Will and Testament to Ben Wyatt (played by actor Adam Scott). Ben asked Ron if he would be a witness to his Will and Ron responded by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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The doubling of the estate tax exemption might mean you do not have to pay that tax. However, if you are not careful, you could end up paying more in capital gains taxes than necessary. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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People who are not properly prepared to inherit wealth can run into many problems. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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The death of Matthew Mellon shows how a lack of planning can cause problems for an estate that contains a lot of cryptocurrency. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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It is a good idea to get organized if you want to make things easier for your family after you pass away. Doing so is also likely to help you now. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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There are many reasons that people get estate plans. However, those reasons fall into a few general categories. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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When creating an estate plan, it is important you keep in mind the generation-skipping transfer tax. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog
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There is a very simple way to know when you should make changes to your estate plan. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Estate Planning Blog