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5 Reasons to Embrace the Emotional Nature of Estate Planning

Posted on: March 30th, 2017
When you hear the phrase “estate plan,” you might first think about paperwork. Or, your mind might land on some of the uncomfortable topics that estate planning confronts head-on: end-of-life decisions, incapacity, and your family’s legacy from generation to generation. Those subjects hit home for everyone....

Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

Posted on: March 16th, 2017
We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider. But, you must. If you don’t, a stranger will determine who raises your children if something happens to you, which means your child’s guardian could be a relative you despise or even a stranger you’ve never met....

The Top 2 Ways the Court Gets Involved in Your Estate, and How to Avoid Them

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017
No one wants unnecessary court involvement in their life. But without careful and proactive estate planning, chances are that some aspect of your estate will end up being decided there. Here are two of the most common ways court proceedings can make their way into the management and distribution of your assets, along with the estate planning measures you can take to avoid them....

Who Needs an Estate Plan?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017
If you’re reading this, you need an estate plan. "Why?" you might ask. The short answer is “Everyone, age 18 and older needs an estate plan.” It doesn’t matter your age; if you've built up considerable wealth or if you are just entering adulthood, you need a written plan to keep you in control and to protect yourself and your loved ones....

How to Pick a Trustee, Executor, Personal Representative, or Agent under a Power of Attorney

Posted on: February 16th, 2017
While the term fiduciary is a legal term with a long history, it very generally means someone who is legally obligated to act in another person’s best interests. Trustees, executors, personal representatives, and agents are all examples of fiduciaries. When you pick trustees, executors, personal representatives, and agents in your estate plan, you’re picking one or more people to make decisions in your and your beneficiaries’ best interests and in accordance with the instructions you leave. Luckily, understanding the basics of what each of these terms means and what to consider when making your choices can make your estate plan work far better....

A Powerful Exercise to Surface the Values You Want to Pass on to the Next Generation

Posted on: February 9th, 2017
Successful estate planning is about far more than simply passing your wealth to the next generation— it’s also about passing on your values. No matter which financial or legal structures you choose to contain and manage your assets, these instruments only preserve your wealth until it reaches the hands of your beneficiaries. What happens then? Your values enabled you to accumulate wealth and persevere in spite of obstacles and long odds. If your children and grandchildren don’t share and cherish those values, they could lose their inheritance as quickly as they received it....
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