Family Conflict in Estate Planning: A 5 Part Series

When it comes to  the administration of an estate, controversy often happens.  Often these controversies are the result of family conflicts.  Understanding these conflicts BEFORE they happen can help you create the proper estate plan to avoid unnecessary delays, legal battles and of course, bitterness. Sibling Rivalry Part 1 The sources of conflict within a... [Read More]

Estate Planning is NOT about taxes, laws or assets: it’s about You

What is Estate Planning? Surprise! Estate Planning is not taxes, laws or assets although these are the subjects you hear about the most. Yes, it’s governed by state and federal laws and yes, we lawyers talk a lot about what to do to make sure your loved ones receive what you intended and yes, it’s... [Read More]

I Don’t Want To Be A Burden

“I don’t want to be a burden” is a phrase I often hear from my Estate Planning clients. They don’t want to be a burden to their family or loved ones. They have seen how other seniors, whether they are friends or family, have been burdens to other family members who have taken on the... [Read More]

The 100th Year Anniversary of Federal Estate Tax

September 8, 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Federal Estate Tax. The Federal Tax taxes your assets when you pass on and they move from one generation to the next. There is no tax under the exemption amount, but once you get above that amount, there is a Federal Estate Tax. In the... [Read More]

Family Disputes Over Inheritance

One thing I have seen that is a very uncomfortable situation is where a parent leaves all of their assets to the Stepparent of their Adult Children. That Stepparent then has an estate liquidation sale selling all of the personal effects of their spouse. The adult children had to go to a public auction to... [Read More]

Estate Planning for Blended Families

“Yours, Mine and Ours” was the title of a cute movie regarding parents who marry with children from a previous marriage. However, in real life, it can be a complicated issue when it comes to Estate Planning. Studies show that in 2013, 40% of the marriages included at least one spouse who had already been... [Read More]

Super Charge Your Inheritance, part 2

Life Insurance can be a way to “Super Charge” your inheritance. For example, you may spend some thousands of dollars in life insurance premiums, but that may provide hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in death benefits when you pass on. If you have a good income stream, or you have a good... [Read More]

Super Charging an Inheritance

One can protect an inheritance they leave to a loved one by leaving that share of the inheritance in a Protective Trust. That gives the adult who inherits the money more protection to keep them from losing that inheritance by squandering it, losing it in a divorce, or losing it in a car wreck lawsuit.... [Read More]

What We Really Fear in Our Estate Plan

Many clients come into the office concerned more about the delay, costs and publicity of Probate Court, or potential tax issues. But as they start to open up about their real concerns about leaving inheritance, the concerns are about what if they become mentally disabled? What if their spouse remarries – will their assets go... [Read More]