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- Advanced Directives and Why You Need One
No one knows what the future holds, in fact thinking about the future can be a scary thing, especially when considering your health as you get older.
- What Should You Know about Wills
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes catastrophic events like an unexpected passing happen suddenly. Most people do not want to think about such life-altering events, so they choose to ignore them instead.
- Fifty Tips for Writing the 21st Century Contract that Stays Out of Court
Welcome to the 21st Century. Where practicing law requires us to don the garb of computers and the Internet. And where litigation is as costly as ever. Lawyer bills running $10,000 a month are not unusual in a hotly contested breach of contract lawsuit. With every word, phrase and sentence carrying the potential for winning or losing, the stakes are high. Simple logic, therefore, directs us to cautious and thoughtful drafting.
- Role of Prenuptial Agreements and Estate Planning in Second Marriages
Statistics indicate that many individuals will be in a second, third or subsequent marriage. Getting married the second time around is often a lot more complicated than the first time. Additionally, spouses may see what the worst version is, based on the loss of the other spouse through death or divorce. Therefore, they are often much more likely to protect their legal and financial interests in subsequent numbers.
- Why Settling the Estate Before Death Is Vital
When someone dies, it is important that there is a legal document that may be enforced to provide for the surviving dependents or others that should be included in inheriting from the estate. Without this, it is possible that someone is left out or cannot be provided for due to the immediate family claiming the entirety or bulk of the assets.
- Can a U.S. Creditor Reach My Foreign Inheritance Deposited in a Foreign Bank?
Keeping creditors from snatching money from just any bank account is important for many. There are many states that have authorized protections from one branch of the United States bank with access to the corresponding institution in another country.
- What Is a “Transfer on Death Deed” and Should I Use It?
There are many documents that may be created and used to permit the passing of property, assets and funds from one person to another upon the event of his or her death. Many of these are for business use if someone must leave the company or if a death occurs.
- Can a Co-Trustee of a Family Business Trust Eliminate the Other Co-Trustees?
Some family businesses are held in trust which allow trusted trustees to protect the asset so that the business is not adversely affected by family disagreements. The trust document contains specific information and directives regarding how the family business can be ran and provide protections to the business and the beneficiaries.
- Expert Witness: How to Properly Plan for Wills and Estates to Avoid Contest
Planning for the future when death is inevitable is often fraught with complications when there are family members that may contest the last will and testament of the deceased.
- Expressing Your Wishes and Mitigating Tensions Through Letters of Intention
The estate planning process can be an overwhelming experience for clients. After all, we are discussing a pretty unpleasant topic (your ultimate demise), and what will happen when you’re gone. It is an inevitable part of life as we know.