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Should I Put My Home in A Child’s Name?

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Planning ahead for your future retirement and estate planning goals might lead you to question whose name is listed on the deeds to homes. Sometimes it can be the right decision to put your home into your children’s names, but this can also create grounds for family conflict and problems if you have multiple children. […]

What Is the Value of a Relationship Between a Beneficiary and a Trustee?

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Selecting someone to serve as a trustee over this popular estate planning strategy is important because this individual might have regular and ongoing contact with your beneficiaries and loved ones.  As a result of this direct contact and the need to have open minds of communication between beneficiaries and trustees, it’s a good idea to […]

What Role Does the Principal Play in Establishing A Power of Attorney?

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A power of attorney document enables someone else to make decisions on your behalf when he or she is installed as the agent. If you sign a power of attorney, you are called the principal.  In many instances, an appropriately drafted durable power of attorney can avoid having to go through additional court procedures such […]

Does the Law Require Certain People to Serve as Your Trustee?

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The laws are generally not very strict about who can serve in the important role of a trustee or administrator of your established trust. However, some careful thought and consideration should go into this process. The legal requirements for a person to serve as a trustee require that he or she be over 18 years […]

How Important Is It If Your Estate Planning Be Followed to the Letter?

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Do you have specific wishes or rules you’d like to place about inherited wealth? An independent and professional trustee might be the right choice as you select and fund your trust. A professional trustee who is familiar with all of the requirements of him or her can deliver consistent, unbiased and prudent administration of trust […]

How to Handle an Estate Plan Update If a Trustee or Executor Becomes Inappropriate

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Two key individuals might be installed as part of the management of your estate plan either during life or after you pass away. These are known as your executor and your trustee. These are individuals who implement your plan after it has been articulated in estate planning documents. Both of these individuals often determine the […]

Do I Really Need an Independent Professional Trustee?

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So you’ve already made the decision to use a trust as an estate planning strategy to shield assets from potential creditors or predators, to add a layer of privacy to the management of your estate plan and to exercise some level of control over how assets in your estate are passed on.  This is an […]

Can You Ever Revoke a Power of Attorney?

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Establishing a power of attorney enables another individual to make decisions on your behalf. Depending on the specifics of your unique concerns, a power of attorney can be tailored to particular situations, such as when you become incapacitated or can exist from the moment that it is signed.  Revoking a power of attorney raises unique […]

Three Steps to Optimal Business Succession

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You need to have three clear phases to the business succession planning process to ensure that you have considered all aspects and are as prepared as possible to pass your business on to a future generation.  Phase One: Creating A Clear Vision Setting up measurable goals within your succession plan and aligning them with company […]

What Are Your Goals for Creating an Estate Plan?

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A conversation with an experienced estate planning lawyer will be much easier when you have your goals in mind before attending the meeting. Different people approach estate planning with their own individual goals and the more time you can take to reflect on these, the easier it will be to craft strategies and tactics in […]

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