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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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How to Create an Estate Planning Strategy in 8 Steps

September 15, 2017

Last week, we began our 8-point estate planning checklist, including how to handle your will, and avoiding probate. Today we’ll complete the checklist, starting with… Powers of attorney. You need these documents before you have a will, because you’re likely to become disabled or need help managing affairs before you pass away. There are two […]

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Should You Put Your Estate Planning Strategy On Hold? (8-Point Checklist)

September 8, 2017

Tax reform proposals are slowly being developed in Congress, including changes in the estate tax. People are asking, “Should I delay my estate planning until the new law is clear?” We’ve been down this road before, and the answer is: You shouldn’t delay. Congress is looking at changing only the federal estate and gift taxes, […]

Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning

April 3, 2016

Most discussions of estate planning, including in this newsletter, focus on discrete topics and strategies. Once in a while, especially early in the year, it is good idea to step back and look at the broader picture. There are concepts and strategies common to every estate plan and estate owner. Use these concepts and strategies […]

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