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If It’s Not on Paper, Your Wishes Won’t Come True

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“Do not buy into the myth that estate planning is only relevant for wealthy individuals who need tax planning.”

One of an estate planning attorney’s main responsibilities is ensuring that clients understand the importance of addressing these matters before they become an issue, reports the New Jersey Herald in the article “The importance of putting plans in writing.”

The message hits home especially hard, when the friends of estate planning attorneys experience problems that could have been resolved earlier with correct planning. In one example, a woman’s friend began to experience unexpected health problems. Her husband is incapacitated...

Why You Might Just Need a Trust

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“Everyone needs a will, but, increasingly, estate planners say people also could benefit from setting up a trust while they are alive. That step would help assure that their assets are distributed more quickly, their bills paid promptly and continuously, and personal information about property and other assets are kept out of the public eye.”

You might think of a trust as something for wealthy people who want to dispose of high-end assets, like art work, collectible cars or businesses. However, just like everyone needs an estate plan regardless of their asset level, says The New York Times in the...

Protect What Comes First and What Comes Last

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“When my husband and I were in our 20s, we didn’t have what anyone would consider an ‘estate.’ We lived paycheck to paycheck and had a mortgage on a small house. We did, however, have two priceless assets that provided good reasons for us to make a will—our children.”

No one likes to consider the prospect of tragedy striking, especially when children are young, but according to this article in the Lodi News Sentinel, “Planning for what comes last,” estate planning is especially important for families just starting out. When the children grow up, estate planning is important...

With No Will, Aretha’s Kids Will Inherit Big Tax Bite

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“Aretha Franklin’s death is going to cause some headaches for her heirs.”

The Queen of Soul did not have an estate plan, a will or a trust when she died from pancreatic cancer recently, according to news reports. That’s especially surprising, said Investment News in the article “Aretha Franklin estate echoes planning problems of Prince,” since her estate has already been valued at as much as $80 million.

Franklin was not married, so the estate will pass to her four children. It’s similar to the situation that occurred when Prince died unmarried and without a will in 2016.

No Kids? You Need a Plan for Aging

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“Choosing an assisted living facility can be frightening prospect for anyone. However, the fear can be greater for people with no kids to help them through the process.”

When you don’t have kids or close family members, making decisions about an assisted living facility can be lonely and daunting, often leading people to delay planning. For many people, says Financial Planning in a recent article “Planning challenge: aging clients, no kids, assisted living required,” just the thought of moving into an assisted living facility, means they are entering a dark tunnel or, as some say, heading into God’s...