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Does Your Estate Plan Need Maintenance?

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When you buy a new car, everything works perfectly.  (At least, you hope it does.)  But then in 3,000 miles, it’s time for an oil change.  Also, you must keep your eye on the level of coolant in the radiator, your transmission fluid, and your power steering fluid.  You must make sure your alternator works […] [Read More]
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Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and how does it work?

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Despite the premium costs that no one ever enjoys paying, life insurance has become a necessity.  So many of my clients initially say that they could care less about what happens when they’re gone, until I describe to them the benefits that a life insurance policy can provide to family survivors. In the realm of […] [Read More]
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What is a bypass trust and how does it work?

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In the world of Trusts & Estates, there is a litany of Trust types all in variance according to the needs of either the Grantor (the Creator of the Trust) or the beneficiary (the person or entity who benefits from the Trust). Insurance Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Spendthrift Trusts, & Trusts for Minors are only […] [Read More]
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What is an LLC and how can you benefit by owning one?

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Many people mistake the acronym “LLC” as meaning a Limited Liability Corporation, when an LLC doesn’t create a corporation at all. “LLC” is the acronym for a Limited Liability Company. LLC’s are used quite commonly in business, especially small business, primarily as an asset protection tool. The primary benefit of owning and operating a business […] [Read More]
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Power of Attorney v Conservatorship

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A Power of Attorney (POA) is an estate planning document which allows another person to make certain decisions for you. It can be an all encompassing document or limited. A POA differs from a Living Will in that it doesn’t pertain to health care decisions. Some of the items covered in a POA include the […] [Read More]
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Leashing the Executor

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Q:  My mother recently passed away and my sister was appointed her Executor under her will. My father passed away several years ago. I am a beneficiary under my mother’s will. My sister and I have fallen out of sorts over the years and I fear that she will not treat me properly and will […] [Read More]
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What is a Living Will?

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As opposed to a Last Will and Testament, which dictates things to be done after death, a Living Will dictates things to be done during one’s lifetime. To be specific, a Living Will sets forth your wishes and instructions regarding how you want to be treated, medically, when you lose your capacity to make those […] [Read More]
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What is a Revocable Living Trust?

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A Revocable Living Trust is an estate planning tool which, when funded properly, transfers the ownership of an asset from your name into a “Trust”. It’s called a Living Trust because you create it during your lifetime rather than in your Last Will and Testament. The basic concept of a Revocable Living Trust is that […] [Read More]
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Do I need a Will?

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Most adults don’t understand the many ways a Will can benefit them and their children. The following is a short primer on Wills and how they can help you and your family.   I always advise my clients that generally the need for a Last Will and Testament arises with one of three variables 1) […] [Read More]
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Estate planning during tough times

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Q: Estate planning in the current economic climate? A:  Since I started writing this column several months ago, I have received a significant amount of positive feedback from the readers, mostly thanking me for the information and content and some asking about specific issues in their own lives.  However, many of the emails I receive […] [Read More]
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