Why a Trust is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate

As Ambrose Bierce once darkly observed, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” Obviously, ideally, when someone passes away, the paperwork and material concerns associated with the estate are so flawlessly handled (thanks to excellent...

You’ll Be Surprised: When Is The Best Time To Plan Your Estate?

Some people start thinking of getting a will in place when children arrive on the scene so guardians are named. Most people start thinking about planning their estates when they reach retirement age. However, you might be surprised, even shocked, to know that the best...

Estate Plan Maintenance

Your estate plan is a snapshot of you, your goals, your family, your assets, tax laws, and other laws in effect at the time it was created. All of these variables change over time, and so should your plan. It is unreasonable to expect the simple will written when you...

3 Reasons You Want to Avoid Probate

When you pass away, your family may need to visit a probate court in order to claim their inheritance. This can happen if you own property (like a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset) in only your name. Although having a will is a good basic...

Estate Tax Planning

BEWARE: you may not be out of the woods yet. Unless you have a comprehensive estate plan, taxes may slip in when you’re least expecting it. That being said, many, but not all, of you can rest assured that the federal estate tax won’t diminish your estate. The...