Extend Your Love: Choose a Guardian for Your Children

Choosing a possible guardian for your children could be one of the most important gifts you ever give your kids. Planning for your own death is depressing and unpleasant, but for parents with young children, selecting a guardian is a way to extend your love, share your child care philosophy, and ensure your children’s future.. read more →

What are Advanced Directives?

What are Advanced Directives? Life is unpredictable. While no one wants to contemplate something bad happening, either to themselves or to their loved ones, it is important to be prepared. If something bad does happen, advance directives like a Living Will and a Medical Power of attorney come into play. These directives ensure that your.. read more →

I am cut out of the Estate! Now what?

When a loved one dies, the trauma of the death is bad enough, but then the distribution is revealed and the terms come as a shock to the beneficiaries. Image this … daughter Judy gets everything and the rest of the family gets little or nothing. Worse yet, a “No Contest” clause has been added.. read more →

Where do you express your wishes regarding organ donation?

Did you know that every 10 minutes, another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list? Right this moment, 123,000 men, women and children need a transplant, but 21 people will die each day because no transplant was available. In 2013, there were 14,257 organ donors resulting in 28,953 organ transplants, which means.. read more →

How to Gain Access to Digital Accounts When a Loved One Dies

Think about how many times per day you are asked for your login and password information on your computer or hand-held device — to your bank, your investments, social media, email and more. Now imagine that something happens to you and the responsibility for your online accounts suddenly devolves to your spouse or children. Do.. read more →

Do I have to file a tax return for my trust?

Clients frequently ask me if they have to file a tax return for a trust they have created. The answer is no if it is a REVOCABLE Living Trust. Income Tax Treatment of Revocable Trusts A revocable trust is typically formed by husband and wife. Both are considered the initial trustees who manage the assets.. read more →

Are joint accounts a good idea in estate planning?

Are joint accounts a good idea when you are creating your estate plan? The answer is yes and no. Spouses often add each other to accounts to avoid probate and transfer money to their loved one. In addition, older people often add children or trusted friends to accounts for the convenience of paying bills, especially.. read more →

Are Your Furry Friends Protected?

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know the hole they leave in your life when they pass on. These furry friends are as much a part of the family as your spouse and kids. Thankfully, there are ways to help plan for your pets upkeep and care, should you pass on before them. This.. read more →

Asset Protection Basics

What is Asset Protection Anyway? Asset protection planning is about protecting your assets in good times, so you can walk away with those assets if something goes wrong financially. The people who use asset protection plans most commonly are people likely to get sued, such as real estate developers and investors, physicians and business owners.. read more →

Trust Fund Loophole?

What Is President Obama talking About? President Obama is going to give his State of the Union address on Tuesday January 19, 2015. He has announced several initiatives including  free community college and paid leave. He knows that the number 1 question is where is that money going to come from? Well most of it  —.. read more →