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The “Financial Emergency Kit” Every Estate Needs (Part 2)

August 10, 2018

In Part 1 of this article I talked about the importance of having a Financial Emergency Kit, along with a few of its essential elements. So this week, let’s continue the discussion and review the other important elements that make up your Financial Emergency Kit, starting with: A letter of instruction, which can be valuable […]

The Financial Emergency Kit: How to Build a Complete Estate Plan

August 3, 2018

Many people think they have estate plans… but oftentimes it turns out they really don’t. I’m not talking about those who haven’t done any planning and don’t even have a basic will. I’m talking about people who have taken action on their estate plans — and yet have plans that are woefully incomplete. You see, […]

Estate Planning Without Wills & Trusts – Part 2

July 20, 2018

In Part 1 of this article, I shared some of the avenues through which you can ensure transfer of assets without the need for wills and trusts. So this week, let’s continue the discussion with more ways to avoid probate and transfer property… starting with: Bank accounts. Though once obscure, payable on death (POD) bank accounts […]

How to Manage Your Estate Plan without Wills & Trusts

July 13, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that many estate planning goals can be accomplished without wills and trusts. In fact, using other tools can spare you some of the expense and complications of wills and trusts. These strategies also cause the assets to avoid the delay and expense of probate, transferring the title of each […]

Power of Attorney: The Most Important Document in Your Estate Plan

June 29, 2018

The financial power of attorney (POA) could be the most important document in your estate plan. Yet, many people don’t have one. And many people who do have a power of attorney didn’t give it much thought and have inadequate documents. Adverse results can range from bills not being paid on time to trusted people […]

Managing the Key Players in Your Estate Plan

June 22, 2018

In last week’s story, we reviewed the major potential “surrogates” in estate plans (the agents, trustees, executors, and others). Today we offer some pointers for reducing problems you may face with surrogate designations. Know all the surrogates you designated Review financial accounts, insurance policies, and estate planning documents to be sure you know who currently […]

The 2 Most Common Causes of Failed Estate Plans

June 8, 2018

Many estate plans don’t produce the results the owners intended… Which is too bad — because most of these failures are preventable. The failures usually don’t spring from the tax strategies or language in the will. The failures most often result from the human side, or soft side, of estate planning. There are two main […]

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Power of Attorney vs. Living Trust: Pros & Cons

February 16, 2018

Which is the best way to protect your assets, smooth the transition of your estate, and make life easier for you and your heirs… Power of attorney or revocable living trust? Truth is, most estate plans need both a power of attorney and a revocable living trust. So the better question is:  Which one should cover the bulk of your assets? Over the […]

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