Why It’s So Important to Make a Will if You Have Children

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Why It’s So Important to Make a Will if You Have Children

You’ve likely heard that writing a will is important, but it becomes especially so when you have children. If you pass away without a will and have children, you will not have any control over who takes custody or guardianship of your kids. Below are just some of the reasons you need to prioritize creating […]

Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Partners

It is increasingly common for two people to be in a long-term relationship, but not be officially married. This means they do not have a marriage or civil union certificate. If you are in this situation, it is important to arrange your estate plan in such a way that accounts for your partner. Without a […]

How to Determine if Someone Has Testamentary Capacity

Testamentary capacity refers to the legal ability of a person to make a valid will. A person who creates a will must be “of sound mind ” for the document to be legally binding. In situations in which someone challenges a will, one reason is that the challenger believes the testator (the person who created […]

Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Estate Plan?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, has wide-ranging effects on how people both prepare their taxes and engage in estate planning. The changes to the law have led to many questions on the part of those who are trying to plan for the years ahead. Below is a brief […]

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with an Estate Planning Lawyer

You’ve finally committed yourself to establishing an estate plan and have set up a meeting with an attorney. Great! But how do you prepare for that first meeting and what information should you bring with you? Below is a brief overview of what you should do to prepare so that your meeting goes as smoothly […]

What Happens to Digital Assets and Accounts After Your Death?

The ubiquity of the internet and internet-connected devices has led to many people living a good portion of their lives online through various social media platforms, message boards and other types of accounts. These accounts and profiles are legally considered assets of the person who owns and controls them. But what happens to these digital […]

Should You Have a Special Needs Trust?

Special needs trusts are available to financially provide for individuals — typically children — who have a mental or physical disability. If you think your loved one may need additional protection after your passing, a special needs trust may be a wise decision for your estate plan. Who can benefit from this type of trust? […]