• Understanding How Assets Are Distributed in a Will

    When creating an estate plan, the main decision is how your assets will be distributed after you pass away. Understanding “per stirpes” and “per capita” distribution is key to that decision. 

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  • The Most Important Estate Planning Documents

    Making sure you have the right estate planning documents is one of the simplest ways to have a positive impact on your family’s future. Proper planning ensures that your wishes will be followed and that your family will have less to worry about after you are gone. 

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  • Five Estate Planning Myths

    There are lots of misconceptions about estate planning, and any one of them can result in costly mistakes. Understanding who needs an estate plan and what it should cover is key to creating a plan that is right for you. 

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  • Estate Planning During a Divorce: Four Key Considerations

    No matter how well couples plan their estates, no one plans for divorce. Here are some strategies to make sure your wishes are protected during and after the process of separation and divorce.

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  • Estate Planning When You Have a Stepfamily

    Ideally, when a second marriage joins two families together, it should be a joyous occasion that creates one bigger family unit. Unfortunately, it too often also creates inheritance fights between stepparents and children.

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  • Drafting a Power of Attorney that Lessens the Chances of Abuse

    A power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can create, but it is also one that can be misused.  While it isn’t possible to entirely prevent the possibility of abuse, there are steps you can take in drafting the document to greatly reduce the chances.A power of attorney allows […]
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  • Discovery of Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills Throws Her Estate Into Turmoil

    Legendary singer Aretha Franklin was thought to have died without a will, but the recent discovery of handwritten documents in her home is calling that into question. A representative of her estate has asked a Michigan probate court to determine if any of the documents could be considered a valid will. When Franklin died August […]
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  • What Makes a Will Valid?

    Movies, television, and books like to present wills in dramatic ways–handwritten notes, videos, deathbed utterances–but what actually makes a will valid? The law varies depending on what state you live in, but there are some basic rules.The legal requirements for a will are fairly simple. In order for your will to be valid, you must […]
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  • How to Plan Your Funeral

    Thinking about your funeral may not be fun, but planning ahead is helpful. It both lets your family know your wishes and assists them during a stressful time.

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  • A Final Retirement Account Distribution Must Still Be Made After Death

    Federal law requires that beginning on April 1 of the year after you reach age 70 1/2, you must begin withdrawing a minimum amount
    from your non-Roth individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k) accounts. But what if you die after age 70 1/2 and before all the account funds have been distributed?

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