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How a Divorce Can Affect Your Estate Planning

The process of getting divorced is neither easy nor quick. Divorce can be an emotionally and physically draining process. There are many factors to consider that can change over time. For younger couples, children are likely a top concern. For…

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Avoid These Mistakes During Estate Planning

The purpose of estate planning is to protect your assets, interests, and loved ones after you pass away. Unfortunately, many people make costly mistakes without professional advice. Beyond undermining your intent and diminishing your financial legacy, poor planning can create…

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How Will Your Estate be Administered in Court?

The “probate” process, as it is often referred to, involves judicial officials, such as the Surrogate’s Court judges, appointing a fiduciary upon proper application to administer a decedent's estate. While state Surrogate Court laws may vary, the general process is quite…

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How to Restructure Your Assets for Long-Term Care

Over the course of a person's lifetime, about 70% of us will need long-term care.  It’s estimated that the average cost of long-term care just during the last 5 years of life is $233,00- $367,000. For those with long-term care…

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Do You Understand the Components of Estate Planning?

What is an Estate Plan? According to Meriam Webster, the legal definition of estate planning is "the arranging for the disposition and management of one's estate at death through the use of wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other devices." All adults…

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Is Your Child’s Inheritance Safe?

To prevent assets from disappearing or being claimed by creditors, estate planning should include protective measures for your children and grandchildren's future inheritances. A simple way to achieve inheritance protection is through a trust. A trust can pass your wealth bypassing…

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Managing Money for Your Special Needs Child

Estate planning for special needs children presents unique challenges. You need to plan carefully in order to keep your special needs child enrolled in public benefits programs while using, enhancing, and enriching their assets. An estate planning attorney can prepare a…

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Will a Creditor Disrupt Your Probate Process?

When a testamentary dies, a personal representative (executor) makes a public record of the date of death, which may even be published in a local newspaper. In part, this information serves as notice to creditors if the decedent has an outstanding…

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Is Your Estate Plan Up to Date?

In case of big life changes such as births, marriages, divorces, or moving to another state, you should check your estate planning documents every now and then. Children grow up, marriages dissolve, property gets sold, and residences change. That’s why…

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