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Transferring Assets? The Tax Man Looms

The gift tax exists because of the fact that people logically transfer assets to their future heirs while they are still alive in order to avoid...
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Hemsley Case Underscores Value of Probate Avoidance

When you hear or read about the term "probate avoidance" you may wonder exactly what probate is and why anybody would want to avoid it.

Why You Need a Will or Trust

State law governs the distribution of your estate if you do not have a will or trust in place. Did you know that your spouse may receive only...

Three Estate Planning Instruments You Need Right Now

Depending on your needs, estate planning may be a simple or complex process. We believe that these three instruments are essential to protecting...

Can Creditors Attack a Family Member's Inheritance?

It is a good idea to think things all the way through when you are engaged in the process of inheritance planning. Getting resources into the...

DIY Legal Documents Objectively Examined

Oklahoma City estate planning attorneys are licensed to provide legal services to their clients. They are bound by professional guidelines. That...

Recent NBER Findings Can Provide Motivation

Sometimes you can be motivated by the difficulties that others have experienced and avoid the pitfalls that led them into unenviable positions....

Achieve Three Objectives With Alaska Trusts

It is nice to be able to achieve multiple objectives through a single action and in many cases this can be done in the financial planning field....

Help Relatives Now, Reduce Future Tax Burden

Success is the name of the game, but unfortunately the fruition of your financial goals can present some tax challenges. If your assets exceed a...

Early Action Leads to Comfortable Retirement

When you are a young adult you have a unique opportunity. You can make the choice to begin saving for retirement early on during your career. If...

Pending Loss of Estate Tax Portability A Concern

When this year comes to a close we are going to be looking at an entirely different lay of the land when it comes to the estate tax parameters....

Record Your Wishes to Reflect Current Relationships

People who get divorced are not remarrying with the same frequency that they did some years ago according to current census statistics. This of...

Be it Ever so Humble…

As you live in your home over the years, you can become attached because so many memories seem to be ingrained into the very structure itself....

Debt Reduction Can Lead to Stress-Free Future

One of the things that people look forward to when they envision retirement is the ability to live stress-free. Try as you might, it can be very...

Identity Thieves, Scam Artists Often Target Elders

There are things that can be done to protect your assets during the latter stages of your life from a legal perspective, and you should discuss...

Prepare to Address Assisted Living Expenses

Keeping your fingers crossed while hoping for the best is no substitute for intelligent planning when you are considering the eventualities of...

Your Last Will: The Human Element

When you think about a Last Will, the act of stating your wishes in writing is probably the thing that comes to mind. However, there is more to...

Oklahoma City Trust Administration Basics

When you evaluate the basic anatomy of a revocable living trust you see that there are three principal players. We would like to break it down...

Who is Going to Handle Your Final Arrangements

You have to think things all the way through in order to find the motivation that you need to stop procrastinating and finally start making...

Tax Hikes Loom

Oklahoma City estate planning attorneys are always reminding their clients to stay in touch because the initial estate plan is like a snapshot...

Will Your Pets Have a Home?

It is a good idea to work from a checklist when you are trying to make sure that you have all your bases covered when creating an estate plan.

Probate Expenses Can Pack a Wallop

Many people equate the process of estate planning with the act of drawing up a last will. You may go this route if you choose to, but it is...

Many Benefit From Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

When you are exposed to the estate tax you have to make a serious commitment to gain estate tax efficiency. There are a number of ways you may...

Estate Tax Exposure

A lot of people call the federal estate tax the "death tax, “and many consider it a sarcastic term. Some probably do use it in this spirit, but...

Estate Planning: Don't Be Among the Unprepared Masses

Your would probably be surprised if you heard that someone died without leaving behind a last will or some other type of estate planning...

Avoiding Will Challenges

One of the things you should take into consideration when planning your estate is how your family members, or former family members, may feel...

Estate Tax Relief to Expire in 2013

If we said 2010 was an interesting year in the field of estate planning it would be a gross understatement.

Seniors on Social Security to See Increase in 2012

Living on a fixed income can be difficult, and this is one of the reasons why it is so very important to engage in retirement planning.

Reducing the Taxable Value of Your Home

When you are inventorying your assets in anticipation of distributing them to your loved ones after your death you may find that your home is...

Massive Numbers of Baby Boomers Retiring Unprepared

There are those who hear retirement planning attorneys say that it is important to make preparations for retirement but let this advice go in...

Cost of Long-Term Care Should Not Be Underestimated

When you are looking over the horizon toward your active retirement years and beyond you have to make estimates regarding your anticipated...

Estate Tax & the Gift Tax Exemption

The most significant source of asset erosion you have to be prepared for when planning your estate is the estate tax. If you have never looked...

Ignore Your Retirement at Your Own Risk

There are those who are under the impression that they will somehow automatically retire when they reach their mid-60s. They think that they...

Estate Planning is a Reactive, Dynamic Process

It is not uncommon for people to procrastinate before they put an estate plan in place, and they do this for a variety of different reasons....

Response To Estate Tax Educational Gifts

You may have heard that the estate tax exclusion was raised to $5 million with a maximum tax rate of 35% as a result of the passage of the Tax...

Three Reasons to Avoid Probate

Most people are aware of the fact that the last will is the most commonly utilized vehicle of asset transfer in the field of estate planning.

The Elderly and Dangerous Medication Mishaps

When it comes to medication and the elderly, it is not uncommon for dangerous mishaps to occur.

Gift Giving, Medicaid, and the Estate Tax

A lot is said about the complexities of estate planning, but in the end it is a relatively simple matter.

Why You Need the Services of a Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents are inevitable and will always happen. Motorists are always involved in collisions leaving the parties gravely injured. Accidents do...

Comprehensive Planning Includes Advanced Health Care Directives

Estate planning centers around the preparation of assets for distribution to your loved ones after your passing. However, if you want to be...

Estate Planning Strategy for Small Business Succession

When you are in a small business partnership with others you must approach estate planning differently than those who don't have assets tied up...

Choosing a Guardian for Your Minor Children

For parents of young children, the most important element of the estate plan is choosing a guardian for them

Should Your Child Inherit Money While They Are Young?

Once your child reaches 18 years of age, they are legally considered to be an adult

Gift Tax Exemptions

There are gifts that you can give to people, other than your spouse, that are not subject to the Federal Gift Tax

Addressing Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums

One of the elder law issues that is very challenging for many people is the cost of long-term care.

Powers of Attorney & Incapacitation

Many people think about estate planning as being a purely financial matter, but if you are serious about planning for the future it is important...

Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children

Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring and parents of young children should especially be cognizant of that fact.

Tragic Truck Accident Effects Change in Oklahoma

Currently, the posted maximum speed on the Will Rogers Turnpike is 75 mph. If passed, Garrison’s bill would reduce the maximum legal speed for...

Modification of Custody Orders

Why Modify a Custody Order

Review of the Medical Record for Medical Malpractice

Review for Merit & Causation: The review of a patient’s medical record can be a complicated and daunting task. The documents are different from...


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