Wills

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

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

Using a Trust vs Leaving Assets to Heirs in a Will

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

You can leave assets to your heirs in two different ways: through a will and through a trust. Both have their pros and cons, and neither is inheritably better than the other. If you’re beginning the estate planning process, it’s important to understand how these two options differ so you can determine which one works...  read more

What Is a Spendthrift Trust?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

There are a number of different types of trust funds you can create to leave assets to your heirs. One of the more limited types of trusts is called a spendthrift trust. This type of trust does not give the beneficiary direct access to any of the money in the trust. Instead, the trust pays...  read more

Who Can You Disinherit?

Monday, June 15th, 2020

If you have had a major falling out with a family member, you may want to legally disinherit them. This term simply means you leave them nothing in your will. Legally, they are not entitled to any asset or part of your estate. Of course, as with any legal action related to your estate, there...  read more

When Should You Change Your Will?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Your will is one of the most important documents you’ll ever write. It outlines your final wishes and what you want done with your assets. While a lot of people only think about writing their will once, it’s actually a document you should update from time to time. When should you change your will? Here...  read more