Last will and testament

“Although there is considerable legal information and misinformation, it is generally understood that a last will and testament is the device used to distribute property after death. However, the why, how and when are less familiar.” While you are living, you have the right to give anyone any property of your choosing. If you give […]

question mark

“Choosing when to file for benefits is a critical decision that will affect your monthly retirement income for the rest of your life.” When it comes to planning for retirement finances, one of the most important decisions concerns when to claim Social Security benefits. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the ideal time, but there are […]

Elder Couple with Bills

“A majority of retirees—53%—have a last will and testament. However, most lack six other crucial legal documents.” You might think that the coronavirus pandemic has caused everyone to get their estate planning documents in order, but the 20th annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of Retirees found that 30% of all retirees have nothing prepared—not even a […]

Family Portrait At Christmas

“Even those with thorough estate plans might have neglected to discuss details with potential heirs.” Congratulations if you have finished your estate plan. You and your estate planning attorney created a plan that is suited for your family, you have checked on beneficiary designations, signed all of the necessary documents and named an executor to […]

Senior couple

“It’s hard to plan for next week, let alone the future, when our environment, the advice from the experts and indeed the outbreak itself, seems to change on a daily basis.” The fear of the unknown and a sense of loss of control is sending many people to estate planning attorney’s offices to have wills, […]

Happy old couple

“When do you need your estate plan to ‘go to work’ for you? While you may think the right answer is ‘after I die,’ the actual answer is ‘if I lose the ability to manage my own affairs.’” There are two different types of advance directives, and they have very different purposes, as explained in […]

extended family

“During the past four months, more than 141,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the pandemic has prompted some people to get serious about creating or updating their estate plans, according to Christine Benz, Morningstar’s director of personal finance.” The importance of having key estate planning documents cannot be overstated. That includes […]

Happy old couple

“One in four American adults live with a disability, according to the Center for Disease Control. One in 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.” Planning for incapacity is just as important as planning for death. One is certain, the other is extremely likely. Therefore, it […]

family photo

“Talking about death makes most of us uncomfortable, so we don’t plan for it. That’s a big mistake, because if you don’t have an end-of-life plan, your state’s laws decide who gets everything you own.” Without an end of life plan, a doctor you’ve never even met might decide how you spend your last moments, […]

Senior Couple

“Estate planning documents often are treated like the photocopied permission slip for a child’s field trip. You fill in your name, include the children’s names and dates of birth and sign. The document is filed away to be used if needed, but you really never expect it to be used.” The only thing worse than […]