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Plan How To Best Distribute Items To Family And Friends

Posted on November 8, 2022

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One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is detailed information about how to distribute your property upon your death. It can be a daunting task for surviving loved ones to take care of things once you have passed away. The more information you can provide in advance, the better. You may wish to leave some decisions to their discretion but leave detailed directions for certain items. The specifics are up to you, but getting a blueprint from you will help your loved ones get through the process […]

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Retirement Planning Should Be Part of Your Estate Plan

Posted on October 11, 2022

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Retirement planning is critical, and should ideally be started long in advance of your actual retirement date. By incorporating retirement planning into your overall estate plan, you can ensure that all your assets are properly handled and that necessary things like beneficiaries, transfer of ownership, and tax protection are in place for when you retire and also for when you pass away. For business owners, retirement planning is even more important. Retirement accounts and pensions must be addressed properly and thoroughly during retirement planning. There is an art to protecting […]

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What Happens to Your Property If You Die With A Mortgage?

Posted on September 22, 2022

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Whether you are creating your own estate plans or a relative has recently passed away, dealing with estate planning matters can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are like most people, you are probably filled with questions. One of the most pressing questions is what happens to a deceased person’s financial obligations. For example, if someone still has a mortgage when they pass away, what happens to the property? Does the executor sell the property? What if there are other individuals still living in the home? What Happens to Debts […]

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Being Prepared for Where Life Takes You

Posted on August 26, 2022

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We know how fragile life is just by hearing the news of the world each day. We often don’t think how directly that can hit us, though, and the simple steps we can take to prepare for it. Ensuring your family knows where important documents and passwords are, discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones, and notifying your family of your funeral and burial preferences can greatly decrease the legal, financial, and emotional difficulties associated with your passing. Benefits of Having Difficult Discussions with Your Loved Ones A recent study demonstrated […]

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What Happens to The House When Someone Moves to a Nursing Home?

Posted on August 4, 2022

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Millions of adults move into nursing homes as they get older. If you are planning to move into a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, or nursing home or you intend to move an aging relative to a facility, you may have many questions. Most people in your position wonder what will happen to the nursing home resident’s home when he or she moves to a nursing home. Will the home be sold? Will the home pass to the homeowner’s beneficiaries? Can proceeds from the home sale be used to […]

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Planning For Illness or Incapacitation Should Be a Priority

Posted on July 26, 2022

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Surprisingly, approximately 67 percent of Americans do not have a will or other estate planning documents in place. This means that 67 percent of Americans have no way to ensure that their final wishes are followed. They have given up the chance to direct how their worldly possessions are distributed to loved ones upon their death. Perhaps even more importantly, these individuals have given up the right to have a say in medical and financial decision-making if they become incapacitated. Although it is sad to consider, heart attacks, car accidents, […]

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Can A Lawyer Be Your Executor in Your Estate Plan?

Posted on June 28, 2022

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Determining how assets will be distributed to heirs is just one aspect of building a comprehensive estate plan. You must also decide who will serve as the executor of your estate. The executor has the crucial duty of carrying out your last wishes. The list of executor responsibilities is long – especially for individuals with high-value or complex estates. The executor of an estate files the decedent’s will with the county court, notifies beneficiaries and heirs, pays creditors, and distributes assets to the correct parties. Who you choose as your […]

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Should You Plan and Finance Your Funeral?

Posted on June 9, 2022

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Although it can be uncomfortable to think about, it is important for everyone to consider how their final arrangements should be made. The average funeral costs upwards of $7,000. This can be a major expense for grieving family members to contend with. Consequently, many people choose to finance their funeral and burial ahead of time. They also make sure family members are aware of their preferences regarding funeral arrangements such as music or religious ceremonies. If you are creating your estate plans, take some time to think about pre-planning and […]

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Have You Included Your Pets in Your Will? 

Posted on April 27, 2022

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Whether it is your fluffy cat, loyal dog, or prized pony, you need to think about and plan for who will take care of your pets should you become incapacitated or pass away. It is important to find the right people to care for your animals and the right homes for them. It is also important to discuss those plans with the intended caregivers since not everyone has the desire or ability to take care of pets.  Animal Companions in Your Estate Plans Taking care of pets can be expensive, […]

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The Tax Consequences of Leaving No Will or Estate Plan

Posted on April 7, 2022

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This time of year, everyone is thinking about taxes, but taxes are something you should plan for long before April 15. When you do not leave a will or, better yet, a full estate plan, you may incur tax consequences that take money away from those you love and want to take care of. By planning ahead and using the correct financial instruments, you will be able to reduce your tax burden and have more control over your assets.  Why Have a Will and Estate Plan?  Without a will, your […]

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