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Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Estate Planning.


Dealing With the Death of a Family Member - Common Steps That Must Be Taken

As much as we all wish that we would never be faced with the death of a close family member, it may happen at some point in time. In the midst...

Elderly Depression - What to Look Out For

For elderly Americans, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated because many people do not recognize the symptoms. Elderly people are...

Translating Will Language – Commonly Encountered Uncommon Terms

If you started creating your Last Will and Testament, you may come across some words that appear strange or unfamiliar. This is very common, as...

Elderly Parents May End Up Costing Children

With many baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, proper financial planning is becoming increasingly more important. But for many...

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...

Your Parents May Favor a Charity Over You

Thinking about an inheritance you might receive is an exercise that's filled with competing emotions. While you never want to think ill of your...

Act in Advance to Preserve Assets

There are individuals who are naturally more exposed to potential legal actions than others, and for these people asset protection should be a...

Watching the Trustee

Who Watches the Watchmen?" has become a modern classic line. In case you don't know, The Watchmen are a fictional group of superheroes. In their...

Life's Not Fair for LGBT Couples

You have undoubtedly heard the old axiom "Life's not fair." We all know that it's true. We would like to believe that on some level, things even...

Understanding Social Security and Its Future

Most of us have heard all the dire warnings about the future of the Social Security retirement program. Some analysts tell us that the program...

Stieg Larsson -- Another Example of Why Estate Planning is So Important

In case the name doesn‘t ring any bells offhand, Stieg Larsson is the author of the awarding winning novel turned movie, The Girl with the...

Estate Planning for the Unmarried

Many of us remain unmarried by choice or by necessity. Maybe you are paired up but cannot legally marry because of laws prohibiting same-sex...

Have You Provided for Your Significant Other?

Relationships generally are going to unfold step-by-step, and when you have already been married before you may be in no hurry to actually tie...

3 Financial Questions about Life-Threatening Illnesses

An article in Forbes recently highlighted some of the important financial issues that those who have been diagnosed with a serious or...

Retire Debt Before You Retire

Retirement planning attorneys are going to tell you that it is important to accumulate financial resources in anticipation of being able to put...

Financial Moves for the Terminally Ill

A recent article in Forbes points out that the terminally ill face several financial and estate planning questions that, though not often spoken...

Debts After Death: Who Pays?

Of all the issues that arise after someone dies, it's often the financial ones that pose the most difficulties. If a spouse or family member...

Doris Duke’s Estate Battle -- Why Contesting a Will is Sometimes Necessary

Most people have heard of the concept behind a Will contest, yet most have never been involved in one. A Last Will and Testament cannot be...

Qualifying for Medicaid without Committing Medicaid Fraud

For many senior citizens, the cost of medical care and services is a big concern. Often, healthcare plans that were in effect while working are...

President Obama’s Proposed Budget for 2013

President Obama issued another round of proposed financial budget measures that would affect the 2013 fiscal year. On February 13, 2013, the...

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...

Elders Must Use Caution on the Internet

Some people have no shame, and this is evident when you look into the statistics regarding elder financial abuse. This has become a big problem...

Don't Let Impulses Steal Your Retirement

Statistics indicate that the majority of people who reach the age of eligibility rely on their Social Security benefits to provide most of their...

Your Estate Planning Team to Win the Game

When you are planning an estate there is a common belief that an attorney is the only professional that you you will interact during the entire...

Why You Should Not Put Property in Your Child's Name as Part of an Estate Plan

A good portion of parents with children eventually want to pass on the property they own to their children. Some might think that it is a good...

Who Should Be the Personal Representative or Executor if You Have No Family or Friends You Can Trust

When you make a will one of the most important and difficult decisions you will make is who to name as personal representative or executor. This...

Planning a Funeral as Part of Your Estate Plan

Planning for your funeral is an important aspect of having a complete estate plan. One of the goals for any estate plan should be to make...

As More Boomers Retire, Retirement Homes Scramble to Change[1]

The generation that grew up in the postwar economic boom is bringing with it new expectations as it enters retirement at a rate of 10,000 people...

When is Medicaid Planning Actually Fraud?

If you have heard claims such as “protect your estate assets and still qualify for Medicaid” and wondered about the legality of the claims, you...

Old-Fashioned Estate Plans

Many people never think about making an estate plan. Let’s take a moment and consider this: if you are going to make an estate plan what are the...

A Lesson in Estate Planning - The Larry Hillblom Story

You have likely been told how important estate planning is by numerous people. If you are like many people though, a real life example hits home...

Are You Aware of Medicare Limitations?

It is a rude awakening when you start to reach middle-age and find that you are not prepared for retirement. One of the reasons why far too many...

Proceed With Caution to Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

There are some people who will go to any lengths to line their own pockets, and they will even stoop so low as to target senior citizens....

Payable on Death Accounts and Transfer on Death Accounts

Payable on Death or Transfer on Death Accounts may be an option to avoid probate and allow your beneficiary immediate access to your accounts....

Inadequate Estate Planning

While most of us are aware of the risks of not having an estate plan the truth is, having an inadequate plan can be just as risky. Your estate...

A Lack of Estate Planning

Do you have a legal plan in place in case you should become mentally disabled or in the event of your death? If not, your family may face a long...

Medicaid Fraud Continues to Plague System

With state budgets increasingly tight and Medicaid set to expand drastically in 2014, many lawmakers are looking for ways to decrease the impact...

Hire an Expert in Estate Planning

A month ago my computer crashed. It was devastating. Every time I tried to start the thing, I got nowhere. I looked online for answers and...

Estate Planning: Young Adults are not Exempt

Imagine being a young adult who is transitioning into a new phase of life. You have your first child on the way, and you are envisioning all of...

Medicaid Planning and Filial Responsibility Laws

While planning for retirement, many people focus on the money they'll need to support themselves and their family after they stop working. What...

Seniors Have Increasing Amount of Debt

While many Americans have been hit hard by the recession, baby boomers and elderly Americans are increasingly more in debt than they have been...

Medicaid Fraud Accounts for Billions Lost Each Year

The costs associated with the growing number of Americans who have fallen into poverty and are relying upon Medicaid for health care insurance...

Probate Courts Handle Numerous Issues

A good estate plan is, often, one that will avoid any probate court complications, thus saving your estate time and money. While probate courts...

The Strange Language of Wills – A Quick Guide

Most people don't spend their daily lives dealing with the language of the law. Because of this, it’s important for anyone creating a Will to...

Common Questions about Medicaid Planning

While many people make Medicare coverage part of their retirement plan, not everyone knows that Medicare doesn't pay for long-term care...

How to Minimize or Eliminate Taxation of Your Retirement Accounts at Death

While retirement accounts do provide healthy tax incentives to save money during one’s lifetime, most people don’t consider what will happen to...

Ohio Estate Tax Being Repealed

You might think that you would be able to leave behind resources to your loved ones after you pass away fully intact. After all, whatever you...

Future Health Care Expenses Can Be Considerable

When you are enjoying your prime earning years you have a certain amount of financial power. Once you retire you may find yourself living on a...

How Not Having an Estate Plan Can Hurt Your Family

It's very common to come across news stories about disputes that arise after a famous or wealthy person has died. These family conflicts often...

Divorces and Your Estate Plan

Estate plans do not come in a one-size-fits-all product, and all estate plans need to be changed whenever certain life events arise. Divorcing...

You Need an Expert Estate Planner, Not Just Any Attorney

Everyone needs an estate plan. If you are smart, you know that you need an attorney to draft your estate plan. Estate plans have legal...

What Your Children Need to Know About Your Extended Care Plan or, Your Lack of One

In a small majority of states, adult children of elderly parents may be required to pay for the parent's long-term care expenses if the parent...

Crossing State Lines with Your Estate Plan

Moving to a new home probably means making long lists of Things to Do. If you’re moving across state lines, be sure to add an Estate Plan Review...

Estate Planning for the GLBT Community

Marriage in the United States is much more than an emotional commitment between two people--it is an official status that comes with numerous...

Something is Not Right about My Parent

If you have recently lost a parent, you are undoubtedly going through the grieving process that follows such a deep loss. The loss of a parent...

The Future of Social Security

If you have worked hard all of your life, and are at the point where you are starting to think about your golden years you are probably counting...

What Happens When You Fail to Plan for the Possibility of Your Own Death

Death is not a popular topic for obvious reasons. Most of us prefer not to spend much time thinking about the possibility of dying, at least not...

An Example of Why Estate Planning is So Important

Although you may not know the name, you have probably read the novel or seen the movie based on the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which...

The Hurdles Faced by America

If you are one of America’s farmers or ranchers, estate planning includes some significant hurdles for you that it does not include for other...

Veterans Benefits Can Provide Financial Security

As you are thinking about the quality of life that you will lead as a senior citizen, you must be pragmatic about your present-day actions....

Who Will Represent Your Estate?

Once you have drawn up your Last Will you have taken an important first step, but things are not going to simply take care of themselves when...

Can I Challenge My Mother’s/Father’s Last Will and Testament?

Losing a parent can be one of the most emotionally difficult times you will ever have to face during your lifetime. Sitting down to hear the...

Can You Really Become a Lord of the Scottish Highlands for Less than $50.00?

Some would have you believe that Scots law allows anyone to be the Lord of, if not all he surveys, at least a square foot of the Scottish...

What Probate Courts Do

Many people are unaware of probate courts and what they do. If you've begun your estate planning efforts you may know that probate courts are...

Medicaid Grows as Possible Healthcare Option in Estate Planning

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how Medicaid, especially after the passing of the Affordable Care Act is changing the way...

Save Money and Hire an Estate Planning Attorney Now

People like to make money. Estate planning attorneys are not any different. Most people, however, like to make money in ways that are not...

Warding Off Living Trust Disasters: Issues to Consider when Funding your Living Trust

A revocable trust can minimize or eliminate the supervision of probate courts; increase privacy, reduce expenses and costs; and simplify the...

Same-Sex Couples Continue to Struggle for Equal Rights to Partner’s Estate

With even the President of the United States openly supporting the rights of same-sex couples to marry the future looks brighter than ever for...

Executors Should Have Attorneys

If you have been appointed to be the Executor of a Will, you have a lot of work to do. The Executor needs to gather all of the assets of the...

Probate Court – More than Just Wills

For many people, creating an estate plan so that your estate can avoid having to go through probate is one of the main goals of beginning the...

Estate Planning Tools for Family Farmers and Ranchers

Family farms and ranches face some of the same estate planning obstacles as any other business; however, there are some aspects of estate...

How Much Control Should You Retain over Your Heirs?

Many people wonder how much control they should retain over the assets they leave to their heirs. Some people want to just give them everything...

A Rudimentary Glance at Revocable Living Trusts

As you are making preparations for the future you are going to want to discuss all of the possibilities with an experienced local Indianapolis...

Have You Selected a Probate Attorney?

There is an old saying about "things taking care of themselves," but do things really work that way? Perhaps some matters can fall into place...

What Do You Do if Someone Dies with Assets in the UK who is Not a UK National?

Summary of the process for obtaining UK probate if a non UK resident dies dies with a bank account, shares or other assets in the UK. Non UK...

How Anticipating Future Problems with Powerful Estate Planning Documents Can Save You Time and Money

This article discusses ways to beef up your California estate planning documents in order to minimize costs. Want to save money with wills,...

Living Trusts: Three Basic Components

Once you start to get serious about exploring your options regarding vehicles of asset transfer, you may recognize the value of revocable living...

Medicaid Costs Leading to Decreased Coverage

Though the recession officially ended in 2009, states are still struggling to cope with the massive increase in Medicaid expenses associated...

Learn about Your Estate Planning Options

Many people would rather draft their own Wills by using forms provided by online legal service companies instead of hiring an estate planning...

How to Financially Protect Your Partner - Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples

With President Obama’s recent public announcement in support of the right for same sex couples to marry, the tide may finally be turning for...

Can I Count on Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Anyone over the age of about 40 should be aware that the Social Security retirement system has problems. We have all heard the warnings. Unless...

The Structure of a Trust

If you were to decide to use a revocable living trust rather than a last Will to facilitate the transfer of your assets after your passing you...

Getting a Divorce Means Changing Your Estate Plan

Married couples planning on divorcing sometimes under estimate the extent to which the divorce will impact their estate plans. Not only will you...

A Few Words about Will Words

Making a Will is not typically a difficult process, though it can require a little bit of study to make the process go more smoothly. There are...

Do You Have a Specific Funeral Vision?

If you let the chips fall as they may with regard to funeral arrangements they are not going to fall into a void. The responsibility is going to...

Estate Planning Guide When Legally Separating

In some situations, a married couple may decide to separate legally, instead of divorcing. While a legal separation contains very similar...

When a Family Heirloom Threaten an Estate – 3 Tips to Avoid Conflicts

Some of the most contentious fights between family members after a parent dies are not over the big items or the amount of inheritance but...

Making Estate Planning Easy

When you first start to think about what you want to happen to your property after you pass away it is very easy to get confused. In estate...

Early Warning Signs for Arthritis

One out of every five adults, or about 50 million Americans, have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Though many of these people are...

States Struggling with Recession's Medicaid Cost Legacy

The lingering effects of the recent economic downturn are still being felt as states continue to struggle with their Medicaid budgets. A new...

Can I Challenge a Family Member’s Last Will and Testament?

A person’s Last Will and Testament may be the most important legal document that he or she ever creates. As such, it should be created after...

Funeral Arrangements: The Choices Are Yours to Make

To be comprehensively prepared for the inevitable you must consider all of the basic hand to mouth details. One of these would be funeral...

The Legacy of Dick Clark

There have been precious few individuals in the history of the entertainment industry who have had the type of impact that Dick Clark had over...

Is a Trust Better Than a Lump Sum Inheritance?

People who do not have a lot of money often dream about what they would do if they suddenly received a windfall. They think about how they would...

Action Required in Light of Widespread Dementia

It can be challenging to wrap your head around the possibility that a time may come when you may be in a much different mental and physical...


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