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Is Your Estate Plan Incapacity Proof?

Fri 8 Jan, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Is Your Estate Plan Incapacity Proof?

For most people, it is perfectly natural to think about estate planning only in terms of planning for death. While planning for your death is very important, if that is all you plan for, your planning can quickly become woefully inadequate. As medical knowledge and technology have improved over the decades, so too has modern medicine’s ability to keep people alive for much longer. It is no accident that in many areas of the country, …

Estate Planning After Personal Injury Settlements

Tue 8 Dec, by on Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate

Estate Planning After Personal Injury Settlements

In the hectic and sometimes dangerous world that we live in, it is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen and people get hurt. The U.S. legal system is designed so that those who suffer injury through the avoidable fault of others can seek compensation for those injuries. Sometimes injuries are so severe that the injured individual receives a significant sum of cash through a settlement or court judgement. Such a sudden and large …

Election Update: Planning under the Biden Administration

Wed 25 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Election Update: Planning under the Biden Administration

After several days of counting ballots, Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential election by many major news outlets. Although we await the official certification of the election by each state, an official concession by President Trump, and the outcome of several pending lawsuits–which could take us into December or even January–the 2020 election and its aftermath promise significant changes in how Americans will be taxed. While it is unlikely that …

How Refinancing a Property Can Affect Your Estate Plan

Fri 20 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

How Refinancing a Property Can Affect Your Estate Plan

The mortgage business is booming in many parts of the country. Historically low interest rates have created an almost frenzied environment with homeowners scrambling to refinance their home loans at these low interest rates. Even a few tenths of a percentage point of interest, over thirty years, can make a massive difference in the amount of interest that is ultimately paid on a loan. For many, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of these …

Wills vs. Trusts: In Plain English

Wed 11 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Wills vs. Trusts:  In Plain English

Everyone has heard of wills and trusts. Most articles written on these topics, however, often presume that everyone knows the basics of these important documents. But, in reality, many of us do not – and with good reason – as they are rooted in complicated, centuries-old law. If you are not an estate planning attorney, these concepts tend to remain merely that – concepts. So, if you are “fuzzy” about wills and trusts, know that …

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