Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Planning

Tue 12 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Planning

Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it’s not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with the planning requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought can stop many people right in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qualified attorney to put together an estate plan based on some of the following common myths: Myth #1: Only the Rich Need Estate Planning …

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HIPAA: An Overview for Young Adults

Thu 26 Sep, by on Estate Planning, Probate

HIPAA: An Overview for Young Adults

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to provide guidelines to the healthcare industry for protecting patient information and privacy. For minors, this is a non-issue because parents, as legal guardians, have access to their children’s medical information and are the ones making most of the medical decisions, as well as paying the expenses. However, once the individual turns 18 years old, he or she is no longer a …

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Estate Planning for Your Automobile

Thu 19 Sep, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Estate Planning for Your Automobile

Have you considered what will happen to your car when you pass away? In 2019, it is projected that there will be 281.3 million registered vehicles in the United States. Your car is a valuable asset—as well as a potential source of liability—that you should consider in your estate plan. Cars can be owned or leased. The way they are handled after you die depends on these and other circumstances. There are some steps you …

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When is Probate Necessary?

Wed 8 May, by on Estate Planning, Probate

When is Probate Necessary?

Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term “probate”. Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in the name of the deceased person. Probate is governed by state law. Avoiding Probate One of the appealing aspects of putting together an estate plan is to avoid probate. One way …

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The Pros and Cons of Probate

Wed 21 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

The Pros and Cons of Probate

In estate planning circles, the word “probate” often comes with a starkly negative connotation. Indeed, for many people — especially those with larger estates — financial planners recommend trying to keep property out of probate whenever possible. That being said, the probate system was ultimately established to protect the property of the deceased and his/her heirs, and in a few cases it may even work to an advantage. Let’s look briefly at the pros and …

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