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How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, and Agent Under a Power of Attorney

While the term fiduciary is a legal term with a rich history, it very generally means someone who is legally obligated to act in another person’s best interests. Trustees, executors, and agents ...
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Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children can stop you in your tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider. But you must. If you don’t, a stranger ...
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5 Tips for Successfully Receiving an Inheritance

If you recently received an inheritance, or are expecting to receive one in the near future, it has likely triggered mixed emotions in you. You have lost a loved one and also experienced monetary ...
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Passing Along a Benefit, Not a Burden

Why Incapacity Planning for Business Owners is an Indispensable Component of Your Plan Most business owners have their estate planning prepared because they are worried about what will happen to their ...
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What to Do with Your Beloved Collection

Whether your beloved collection consists of artwork, books, cars, music, or other significant items, you should not forget about this valuable asset when estate planning. You have likely spent quite ...
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Do your Parents have an Estate Plan?

If you find yourself in the “sandwich generation” (someone who is caring for both your children as well as your parents simultaneously), you need to know whether or not your parents have ...
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Why Joint Tenancy Should Not Be the Go-To Plan for Newlyweds

If you are recently married or have been married and are acquiring additional assets, know that you have options when it comes to how the property will be titled. And, although joint tenancy seems ...
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10 Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting. However, that’s what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the laws and will ...
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Your Fall "Legal Affairs" Checklist

With the fall season approaching, it’s an excellent time to review your affairs. Below is a checklist to ensure your planning meets your needs and is up to date: 1. When was your power of ...
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Three Liability Planning Tips for Physicians Anyone Can Use

Tip #1 – Insurance is the First Line of Defense Against Liability Liability insurance is the first line of defense against a claim. Liability insurance provides a source of funds to pay legal ...
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What Documents Do You Need to Find After a Loved One Dies?

What Documents Do You Need to Find After a Loved One Dies? After a loved one dies, you need to gather the important documents that are necessary to settle their final affairs. While the documents ...
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Three Estate Planning Mistakes Farmers and Ranchers Make and How to Avoid Them

Three Estate Planning Mistakes Farmers and Ranchers Make and How to Avoid Them Farming or ranching is more than a means of livelihood – it is about preserving a legacy and unique way of life. ...
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Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriages

On June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, the name assigned to a series of consolidated cases on same-sex marriage rights. The Court ruled 5-4, ...
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Learning from Your Mistakes Can Become Your Teaching Moment

Learning from Your Mistakes Can Become Your Teaching Moment Everyone makes financial mistakes. The key is to learn from them, try not to repeat them and then pass on this hard-earned wisdom to your ...
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Who Needs an Estate Plan?

If you're reading this, you need an estate plan. Why? The short answer is "Everyone, age 18 and older needs an estate plan." It doesn't matter if you are old or young, if you have ...
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What if Treating Your Children Fairly Means Unequal Inheritances?

When planning their estate, most parents express the desire to treat their children equally out of a sense of fairness. However, sometimes being fair or doing what's right by your children may not ...
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Three Social Security Traps

What you don't know about Social Security benefits can hurt you and your spouse for the rest of your lives. Here are three traps to avoid when taking your benefits. The Key Takeaways The longer ...
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Estate Planning Basics for Newlyweds - How to Get Prepared for the Unexpected

It's that time of year – the time for beautiful weddings, fun receptions, delicious cakes, special gifts, and romantic honeymoons. While this is a joyous time for everyone, it's also ...
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Parental Warning: If You Own Your Property this Way, You May Accidentally Disinherit Your Own Children

After Robert died, Joan owned their vacation home outright. She remarried a few years later, and she added her new spouse's name to the title. When Joan died, her children were shocked to learn ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs are Not Protected from Creditors

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court—in a unanimous decision—ruled that Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) inherited by anyone other than a spouse are not retirement funds and ...
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Protecting Against Financial Fraud in Charitable Giving

Americans are very generous when it comes to charitable giving. In addition, lower earners give more proportionately than higher earners. Perhaps this is because lower earners understand how easily a ...
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Long-Term Care Planning, Part 2

Your Funding Options The first part of planning for long-term care is realizing that, a) most of us will need this kind of care for at least some time before we die and b) the cost of this care can be ...
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Long-Term Care Planning, Part 1

A Central Requirement Health care has been the topic of discussion lately, but the greatest threat to your financial health is long-term care. This is the kind of care you need if you are not able to ...
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Organize Information for Your Family

Think for a few moments about what would happen if you suddenly became incapacitated or died. Would your spouse or family know what to do? Would they know where to find important records, assets and ...
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Strategies for Those Awkward Financial Discussions

There may be people close to you (spouse, parents, children) who are practicing financial behaviors that are unproductive or destructive. You want to help them get back on track, but you don't ...
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