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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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Bullet Proofing Your Estate Plan

April 1, 2008

Few events disrupt an estate plan and family harmony more than a will contest or other challenge to the plan. The specific challenges might not be predictable, because they often are triggered more by emotions than finances. But the risk of a contest almost always is present, and estate owners should know that they can […]


A Shrewd Look at the Power of Attorney

December 1, 2007

A power of attorney is an essential part of an estate plan. You know that from past visits. The POA ensures that someone can manage your estate when you are unable to. Bills can be paid; investments can be managed; and other actions can be taken. Having a document called a power of attorney does […]


Building the Legacy Plan

December 1, 2006

What is your legacy plan? Most people are familiar with estate plans. The goals of the estate plan are to ensure that assets are transferred to the people you want in the most efficient manner, that is with the smallest burden in taxes and other expenses. The standard estate plan includes a will, a financial […]


Give Wealth and Still Protect It

February 1, 2006

Many people know why making gifts is part of most estate plans. Yet, they hesitate to make the gifts, because they see potential pitfalls. They fear that the gifts might be spent unwisely or wasted. The donee could squander the assets on gambling, substance abuse, or other activities. Or the wealth could be well-managed for […]


Having the Last Word

September 1, 2005

Most estate plans are missing a key ingredient. Too many estate planners do not recommend it, and it isn’t even mentioned in many estate planning discussions. One reason might be that, despite its importance, the document is not legally binding on anyone. This document can clear up a lot of issues. It can save time […]

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