Estate Planning

What to Consider When Selecting a Power of Attorney

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Power of Attorney is a legal document that essentially states that the person you name (also often referred to as a Power of Attorney but legally often called the Principal or Attorney-in-Fact) has your full authority to make decisions on your behalf. The Principal can sign contracts, sell your possessions, make financial transactions, and even...  read more

What to Do If Your Executor Stops Doing their Job

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Losing a loved one can be very hard, but the situation can be made even worse if their estate doesn’t pass through probate quickly and easily. Many people find that they can’t really get a sense of closure until probate is over. However, if the estate’s executor doesn’t seem to be doing their job, probate...  read more

What Happens if Your Executor Resigns?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

While it doesn’t often happen, there is a legal process in place for the executor of an estate to resign from that position. When this occurs, it does often mean that the probate process comes to a temporary halt, but this delay may not be very long. If you are an executor who is considering...  read more

Why It’s Important to Update Your Will

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

If you’ve written a will, you may feel like your estate is now protected. However, while that is true for your current situation, it’s not necessarily the case for the future. Your will needs to be updated regularly because your life, and your estate, is likely to change. Here are a few reasons why it’s...  read more

Tips for Dividing Your Estate Fairly to Avoid Fighting

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

One of the most difficult parts of estate planning, for some people, is determining how to divide their assets. If you have very few assets or know that your heirs will be in agreement over how you divide things up, you may not worry too much about it. However, if you have a large number...  read more

Who Can You Leave Your Estate to if You Have no Children?

Monday, March 29th, 2021

If you have children, you likely plan on leaving your estate to them when you die. What do you do, though, if you have no children and are not married at the time of your death? You may not know who to leave your estate to, but there are a number of different options. Leave...  read more

What is Dead Hand Control?

Monday, February 15th, 2021

One of the phrases you may hear when learning about estate planning is dead hand control. This morbid sounding phrase may make you think of a mummy, but it actually has to do with how your assets are handled by your heirs. Dead hand control allows, to some extent, for you to dictate when your...  read more

Should Married Couples Create Joint or Individual Trusts?

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Creating a trust is one way of ensuring that your heirs are taken care of and that at least some of your assets do not go through probate. Trusts also have some tax benefits and give you some control over how your heirs use their inheritance. If you are married, you and your spouse could...  read more

What Happens if You and One of Your Heirs Dies at the Same Time?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

In your will and on your various accounts, you have named who your heirs are and what they will receive. However, what would happen if you and at least one of your heirs were to die at the same time? It can happen in a car crash or other accident. There are some things you...  read more

Should I Pass on Heirlooms Before I Die?

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Many people have family heirlooms that they have inherited from their parents or grandparents. Some of these items may have been in your family for generations and hold significant sentimental value, if not actual monetary value. Even those that aren’t as old, such as a piece of jewelry your grandmother owned, may be considered valuable...  read more