Estate Planning

Divorce and Estate Planning

Ways a Divorce Affects Estate Planning

Getting a divorce is seldom an easy process. It is emotional and stressful. There are many factors to consider that may also change over time. For younger couples, children are likely a top concern. For older couples, a long-term home, inherited assets, retirement plans, trusts, and estate plans may be significant concerns. Here are some …

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Inheritance

Should Each Child Receive the Same Inheritance?

Should Each Child Receive the Same Inheritance? There are many situations in which equal division of assets among children is the obvious and right choice. Yet, in some families, each child receiving the same inheritance can be inappropriate, deplete the estate’s assets due to ensuing litigation, or cause other family issues after you are gone. …

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Undue Influence

Estate Planning and Undue Influence Over a Will-maker

When people, or family members, become quite elderly or ill, they also become susceptible to manipulation from those who will defraud or steal. Targeted attacks on vulnerable older people to exert what attorneys deem “undue influence” constitutes elder abuse. It disrupts the older persons’ impulse to provide for loved ones and instead leaves assets to …

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What is an Executor’s Role?

If someone has chosen you to be the executor, or personal representative, of their estate, they felt that you would be a trustworthy person to carry out the tasks associated with handling their assets and affairs after their death. Even though the decedent nominated you to be their executor, you will still need to be …

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Guardianship of your Elderly Parent

Guardianship of your Aging Parent

Often an aging parent will lose their ability to think clearly to make informed and meaningful decisions regarding their life. This growing inability may occur due to Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, mental illness, stroke, brain injury, or other severe health or disability conditions. In the absence of your parent preparing for their elder …

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