death

Tips for When End-of-Life Planning Becomes Closer Than You Thought

It happens when you least expect it: a devastating medical diagnosis that leaves you shocked, scared, and wondering what to do next. We have a few tips to make the process easier on you and your loved ones.

At first it might be difficult to handle and process the news, but don't be afraid to reach out for help. Your family may also struggle with the diagnosis, which could be another reason to seek help. There are many paths you can take for guidance and help, such as a mental health professional, a social worker, an RN with expertise in the area, and support groups.

The 6 Estate Planning Mistakes That You Don't Want To Make

We are in the business of helping people prepare and plan for the inevitable, so every year we write an article advising our clients about what not to do when it comes to death and disability planning.  The mistakes we have seen people make throughout the past 30 years we have been in practice have caused a lot heartache, stress, and money for our clients to correct.  

My Name Is "On" Mom's Account, So Won't It Avoid Probate?

The title of this article is a common misconception that people have about avoiding probate.  A person will assume that just because he has been designated as his parent's Agent in his parent's Power of Attorney (POA) that he will have access to his parent's bank account after the parent dies.  The person will incorrectly assume that having his name listed on his parent's account will be enough to avoid probate.

Don't Get Caught Dead Without A Will

A recent survey of more than 2,000 people found that 64% of the people surveyed indicated that they don't have wills, according to an article published online by AARP.  Many people are superstitious about planning for death. People fear that once they get the ball rolling on estate planning, something bad will happen.  Time after time, however, our clients tell us that they experience such a sense of relief after completing their estate planning.  The peace of mind far outweighs the fear involved in beginning the estate planning process.

All States Are Not Created Equal When It Comes To Death And Disability Planning

A common misconception is that a Will, Trust, or Power of Attorney that is prepared in one state will have the same effectiveness and powers in a different state.  This is simply not true.  It is for that reason why we advise clients who are moving to or from another state to have their estate planning documents reviewed by an attorney who specializes in estate planning in the state where legal residence will occur.

8 Important Estate Planning Actions That Don't Involve Getting A Will

Have you heard the saying that planning for death is about one notch above getting a colonoscopy on a person's to do list?

Most people who call our office for estate planning advice assume that getting a Will is the most important activity when doing estate planning.  However, based on over 30 years of practice in this specific area of law, we know that the prior assumption is not the always the case.  

How to Avoid An Estate Battle With Heirs

If a Will has been drafted and executed properly by a qualified estate planning attorney, then the chances of heirs having an estate battle over an inheritance is minimized.  However, even when a Will has been prepared and executed properly, sometimes problems will happen anyway after a person's death.  

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