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4 Things Trusts Can Do that Wills Can’t

Both wills and trusts are estate planning documents that can be used to pass wealth and property to loved ones upon your death. However, trusts come with some distinct advantages over wills that you should consider when creating your plan.

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Remarrying in Midlife? Avoid Accidently Disinheriting Your Loved Ones

Today, more and more people getting divorced in middle age and beyond. The trend of couples getting divorced after age 50 has grown so common, it’s even garnered its own nickname: “gray divorce.” Roughly one in four divorces involve those over 50, and divorce rates for this demographic have doubled in the past 30 years. For those over age 65, divorce rates have tripled.

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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

Your estate plan will impact your loved ones in one way or another. That’s why every adult, regardless of age, income level or marital status, needs to have a strategy in place if you want to make things easier and more accessible for your loved ones after your passing. For unmarried couples, there are several things to bear in mind to ensure that your partner will be taken care of in the event of your death or incapacitation.

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Do You Know how Your Parents’ Estate Plan Will Impact Your Family?

Do your parents have an estate plan? Is it up to date? No matter the size of your parents’ estate, these are questions that you ought to know the answers to. Though it may be difficult to think about, your parents will die one day and as their surviving child, you will be impacted by their estate plan (or lack thereof). When your parents become incapacitated or die, their affairs will become your responsibility, and by that time, it will be too late for them to clarify anything.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney

Hiring an estate planning attorney is one of the biggest and most important steps that you can take. It can be intimidating to discuss topics such as death and family relationships with a stranger, but the ideal estate planning attorney will inspire a sense of trust and confidence. The right estate planning attorney can make this process seamless, so you can get back to enjoying your life with your loved ones.

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Discussing Estate Planning with Family This Holiday Season

The holidays can be an ideal time to broach the topic of estate planning, since it’s the time of year when families are together and the seriousness of the conversation can be tempered by the festivity of the season. Sometimes people create or update an estate plan to coincide with the beginning or ending of a calendar year, so the holidays are an ideal way to remember to complete this task. Perhaps your new year’s resolution is to create an estate plan.

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Will Your Estate Plan Work when Your Family Needs It?

Let’s say you have taken the time to establish an estate plan. Maybe you found a lawyer to create planning documents for you or maybe you went the DIY route. You may be tempted to put the documents away in a drawer and never think of them again.

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Is Your Will Actually Legally Valid?

You know that writing a will can ensure your wishes are respected when you die. Did you know that if your will isn’t legally valid, those wishes might not actually be carried out? In these instances, the laws of intestacy will kick in and the state will decide how your assets are to be distributed.

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6 Things You Should Not Include in Your Will

A will is a fundamental estate planning tool. While we do not recommend relying solely on a will, it is certainly the starting point of a proper estate plan. This document is used to designate how you would like your assets to be distributed after your death. Some people also include instructions for funeral or burial preferences and some wills are used to name guardians for surviving children.

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Getting Divorced? Don’t Overlook These 4 Updates to Your Estate Plan

Getting divorced can be an overwhelming process that has the possibility of impacting every aspect of your life – including estate planning. You may be so overwhelmed by the process that you overlook the critical implications that your newly divorced status can have on your assets and your estate plan.

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