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Save Your Estate for Your Heirs: Avoid These Probate Issues

Save Your Estate for Your Heirs: Avoid These Probate Issues

Most estates must go through the probate process. Probate is the legal process of determining if a will is valid, paying any qualifying debt and estate taxes, and distributing whatever assets remain. It is potentially a very complicated legal process, and an attorney...
Trusts 101

Trusts 101

Trusts are important financial instruments in estate planning. Unlike a will, a trust allows you to legally arrange your estate in a way that saves your family a substantial amount of money on taxes, avoids probate and those expenses, and distributes your assets...
Estate Planning Essentials for Women

Estate Planning Essentials for Women

Most of us don’t look forward to dealing with estate planning, regardless of our gender. But estate planning is even more important for most women since, in many cases, they live longer. This means that women must manage living expenses on a single income, or no...
Estate Planning in Times of Crisis

Estate Planning in Times of Crisis

The situation we find ourselves is unprecedented and challenging in many ways.  For many, times of uncertainty and crisis make us realize that we have not adequately planned for a health or financial emergency, or death.  And while that realization may cause us...
Protecting Our Pets

Protecting Our Pets

Have you ever wondered who will take care of your pets if something happens to you? Frequently we expect our loved ones to take care of our fur-babies when we become unable to do so. However, our friends or family may not be able to provide that care for a variety of...
Powers of attorney

Powers of attorney

Last month, I discussed powers of attorney and how they can be used in estate planning as well as daily activities. Although we often think about using powers of attorney for personal or business transactions, they can also be used for delegating authority to care for...