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Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Tue 30 Mar, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Timeshares have come a long way since they first arrived in the real estate market back in the ’70s. In the early days of timeshare ownership, high-pressure sales tactics, exceedingly vague contracts, and inflexible scheduling policies caused many people to quickly regret such purchases. Over time, however, timeshares have become more consumer-friendly with greater transparency in the terms of the contract, more flexibility in scheduling timeshare weeks, more diversity in the location of the vacation …

What If No One Wants My Assets?

Fri 19 Mar, by on Estate Planning, Probate

What If No One Wants My Assets?

A critical question to ask yourself when creating an estate plan is who will get your assets when you pass on? While most people think about who they would like to receive the major items—homes, retirement accounts, savings—personal property such as jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, vehicles, and other possessions are often overlooked. The truth is that while some mementos and sentimental items may be very valuable to you, the people that you want to give …

Estate Tax Returns — Not as Scary as They Sound

Fri 12 Mar, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Estate Tax Returns — Not as Scary as They Sound

When an individual passes away, tax issues are one of the many things that must be considered. For most individuals who pass away, a final income tax return must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state (if the particular state also taxes income) to settle any income tax liability that may exist. Much less commonly, a federal estate tax return and state estate tax returns (if the state has an estate tax …

Talking To Mom and Dad About Creating an Estate Plan

Fri 5 Mar, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Talking To Mom and Dad About Creating an Estate Plan

Conversations about death and dying are never fun. Most people avoid them because they invoke feelings about our inevitable demise. Broaching this subject can be particularly difficult for parents and their adult children. Adult children may avoid bringing up the topic because they do not want to think about their parents’ mortality, and they may also want to avoid sounding as though they are waiting for their parents to die. Despite these valid challenges to …

What To Do When a Loved One Dies Abroad

Thu 25 Feb, by on Estate Planning, Probate

What To Do When a Loved One Dies Abroad

The death of a loved one can be one of the most disorienting life events. But if the loved one dies while traveling in a foreign country, the emotional and bureaucratic burdens can multiply exponentially. Contact the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs If foreign local authorities report a death to a US embassy or consulate, the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs located in that country will attempt to identify and contact the next …

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