Potential estate challenges should be taken into consideration when you are planning your estate. If you know that there is someone close to you who will not be happy with your decisions, don't ignore the potential fallout. Yes, you have the right to make your own choices, and you will not be around to hear any negative feedback. That being said, a disgruntled individual could potentially issue an estate challenge which could bring the administration process to a standstill. Even if it is … [Read more...] about Will Your Estate Be Contested?
We often get questions about the most important estate planning document. Because so many people have made no preparations at all, they want to know where to begin. They figure that they should start with the piece that is absolutely essential and go from there. In a way, this makes sense, but there is no single answer that is right for everyone because primary estate planning objectives vary from person to person. What is most important for one individual may not be to the next … [Read more...] about What Is the Most Essential Estate Planning Document?
Estate planning is one of the basic responsibilities of adulthood, but studies that are conducted show that most people are unprepared for an event that is an absolute inevitability. There are some good reasons why you should consult with an estate planning lawyer if you have been ignoring the matter, and we will look at five of them here. Prevent Intestacy A lot of people are not too concerned about inheritance planning because they assume that the government will step in to take care of … [Read more...] about Five Reasons to Consult With an Estate Planning Lawyer
Any time you are involved in a complicated endeavor, it is wise to break it down step-by-step. This is certainly applicable to the estate planning process. In this post, we will take a brief look at the different relevant factors that you should take into consideration. Legacy Preservation One concern is making sure you have something to leave behind because you really don’t have to be too concerned about estate planning if you have nothing left to leave behind to your loved ones. How could … [Read more...] about Steps to Take Along the Estate Planning Process
Far too many people are remiss when it comes to estate planning. Unfortunately, the lack of action will often yield negative results when families are left behind to manage on their own. This is something that we see all too often, and the inaction is quite unfortunate because some simple advance planning can make all the difference. It is important to discuss asset transfer methods with an inheritance planning attorney because there is no one-size-fits-all estate plan. The ideal way to … [Read more...] about A Comparison of Common Asset Transfer Methods
A lot of people are under the impression that estate planning revolves around the creation of a last will. In reality, there are a multitude of different legal devices in the estate planning toolkit. Plus, this comes as a surprise to many people, but there are multiple types of wills. We will look at four different wills in this blog post to provide some insight. Last Wills Of course, the most commonly utilized estate planning document is the last will or last will and testament. You can state … [Read more...] about A Look at Four Different Types of Wills
Estate planning should be viewed as a relatively broad process that includes several different aspects. The ideal estate plan will vary depending on the situation, because each case is different, and there are multiple approaches that can be taken. That being said, there is a foundation that applies to everyone, and we will take a look at it in this blog post. Avoiding Intestacy The most basic reason why you should put an estate plan in place is to avoid intestacy. This is what happens if you … [Read more...] about The Fundamentals of Estate Planning
We all know that passing away is one of the two certainties of life, but in spite of this, the majority of American adults are not properly prepared from an estate planning perspective. A lot of people fail to act because they really don't know why estate planning is important. There are several things you should know about estate planning, and when you digest this information, you will understand why having an estate plan is essential. Our Ashland estate planning attorneys can provide the … [Read more...] about Why is it Important to Have an Estate Plan?
Our Ashland probate lawyers understand that the probate process can be very confusing, especially if you have no court experience. But, before you begin to create your estate plan, it would be very helpful to have at least a basic knowledge of how the probate process works. That way you will better understand the effect your various estate planning tools will have on how your estate is distributed after your death. You still have certain legal protections Legal protections do not simply … [Read more...] about Understanding the Basics of the Probate Process
As our Florence elder law attorneys have seen, many pet owners believe they can simply leave money behind for their pets in their wills. While they may have good intentions, you simply cannot include your pet in your will and expect that they will be cared for. The reason is that a pet is considered property, just like a car or jewelry, and so, a pet cannot "inherit" money from you through your will. Ultimately, no matter how detailed your will may be with regard to your pet, you are not … [Read more...] about Senior Pet Owners Should Consider Creating a Pet Trust