Why Just Having a Will May not be Enough

Do you have a current will?  If so, great!  But there are times when having a will may not be enough, or you may need a will that is more specific to your situation. Do any of these apply to you? You own a business, but haven’t made provisions for…

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Planning for the Future; Should you Become an Organ Donor?

If you are considering becoming an organ, eye or tissue donor, you can access some valuable online information to help you make your decision. Laws relating to organ donation (as well as medical powers of attorney, durable powers of attorney, and wills/trusts) vary from state to state.  The state of…

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Decisions to Make About Your Will and Estate Plan

If you are making a will for the first time (or updating one for the first time in a long time), this handy list will help guide you. No matter how small or large your estate, the answers to these questions are important. Who will be the ultimate beneficiary of…

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Do the Casey Kasem Family Woes Contain a Lesson for the Rest of Us?

The family issues which arose at the end of Casey Kasem’s life were played out in the public eye, but unfortunately, this type of situation could  happen in a lot of families. Let’s face it, there are some variables that no one can anticipate.  For instance, most of us expect…

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How to Talk to Someone about Being Executor (or Guardian, or Trustee) in Your Will

If you are about to have your will drafted, you will need to choose someone to be your Executor. Depending upon the situation, you may also need to choose someone to be a Trustee of a trust, or be a Guardian to your minor children. The same person may serve…

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When to Update Your Will

We always tell people to consider updating their will if one of the “major players” dies, becomes incapacitated or estranged.  In other words, if a named beneficiary (someone who is inheriting), an executor (person who will manage the distribution of the estate) or a trustee (person who you have named…

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Sibling Rivalry and Elder Planning

Planning for an elder parent is difficult enough without old “baggage” showing up.  However, that is often exactly what happens.  The stress and uncertainty of dealing with an elder parent’s future can activate old family issues and rivalries that everyone thought were long gone. Here are some tips to help…

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Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

If you have reason to believe that your loved one may be approaching a time when s/he will not be able to handle his/her own daily life or financial affairs, you may be frightened and confused about your options. People often (mistakenly) think that there is nothing that can be…

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Texas Supreme Court to Hear Cases About Same-Sex Divorce

 On November 5, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral argument about whether Texas can grant divorces for same-sex couples.  Since Texas law currently does not allow any action that “legitimizes” same-sex marriage, the Texas Attorney General argues that granting a same-sex divorce is an action that recognizes same-sex…

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Tax Problems of Actor James Gandolfini’s Heirs Illustrate Need for Estate Planning

Why go to the trouble of estate planning? The recent death of Soprano’s actor James Gandolfini illustrates the need for careful, individual estate planning.  The actor had a large estate, and he had a will.  But sometimes a will just isn’t enough! In this case, the will WAS enough to…

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