How to Help Your Loved Ones (and Assets) Avoid Probate

Today, many people are using a revocable living trust instead of a will or joint ownership as the foundation of their estate plan. When properly prepared, a living trust avoids the public, costly and time-consuming court processes of conservatorship or guardianship (due to incapacity) Continue reading

5 Reasons You and Your Business Partner/ Best Friend Forever (BFF) Need an Operating Agreement

You and your BFF have an understanding. You think alike and you’ve decided to go into business together. Everything is informal because you and your BFF do not stand on ceremony.  There’s no operating agreement, no bylaws, or buy/sell agreement. You’re just two guys who like to work Continue reading

Surprise! You Can’t Easily Disinherit Your Spouse in the U.S.

Believe it or not, in the U.S. it is not easy to disinherit your spouse. But the same is not true for other family members – generally, you can use your estate plan to disinherit your brothers and sisters, your nieces and nephews, or even your very own children and grandchildren.

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When Should You Use a Stay Bonus Agreement?

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Do you have certain key employees who help make your family business a success? Keeping those employees may be essential to a successful transition of ownership and management to your children or another new owner when you retire or pass away. A “stay bonus” (also Continue reading

Kids Going Away To College? Why You Should Include Estate Planning in the Preparation

You may have been running around for weeks, getting your new college student off to school. It’s exhilarating, and your heart likely is bursting at the seams. You’re probably prouder than words can express, but you’re also a little afraid, too. How can you make sure your kid is going Continue reading

SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS: YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

“What are Special Needs Trusts (SNT)?”

Firstly, a trust is created when property (real estate, finances, tangible items) is managed by a person for another person’s benefit. The person managing the property is called the “trustee.” The person whose benefit it is for is called the Continue reading

Can I Make Estate Plans Without My Spouse?

The average American family has changed a great deal over the last few decades. The assumption that a couple will share finances, tax obligations, and a last name is one that does not necessarily apply in the 21st century. There are more options than ever before to keep your finances, Continue reading

Executing “Financial Powers of Attorney”​: Why It’ll Be The Best Decision You’ll Make

The wealth, property, and investments we accrue over a lifetime are often significant. While you have carefully managed your finances through the years, there may eventually come a time when you cannot handle such decisions. To plan for the likelihood that you are unable to manage Continue reading

Your 2018 Taxes – Get Started Now

While the end of the year is not quite here yet (but rapidly approaching), now is an opportune time to take a moment and start your year-end tax planning for 2018. This is particularly necessary this tax year because of the changes to the tax law that became effective in 2018. As Continue reading