Writing Your Advance Directives

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Writing Your Advance Directives

An advance directive is a legal document you fill out to leave behind instructions for the type of medical care you wish to have if something happens and you’re unable to act on your own behalf.  This ensures your family members and doctors will know your wishes for particular situations, and can act according to […]

The Benefits of Financial Power of Attorney

One of the questions you’ll need to consider as you plan your estate is who you will name as your agent in a financial power of attorney. This person will have the authority to make certain financial transactions and decisions on your half should you become incapacitated. There are a variety of benefits to granting […]

Are There Any Risks Associated with Granting Power of Attorney?

Power of attorney is a designation you provide to a chosen person (your agent) to make certain decisions on your behalf, generally related to finances or healthcare. It is an element of any strong estate plan to ensure your wishes are followed in the event of your incapacitation. But are there any risks associated with […]

What to Consider When Selecting a Guardian for Minor Children

If you have minor children, arguably the most important part of your estate plan is the stipulation in which you name the person who will take care of your children if you and the other parent should die while they are still minors. This person is known as the “guardian” of the children. Most people […]

Estate Planning Tips for Childless People

People who are single without any children often feel as though there is no need for them to worry about developing an estate plan. However, if you own any assets at all, you probably care about what happens to them after your death. In addition, there’s more to estate planning than just passing on assets. […]

Will an Inheritance Affect Child Support?

Child support arrangements can be modified when the person paying or receiving child support experiences changing circumstances in their life, including the amount of money they have. It is worth noting, though, that in most cases gifts and inheritances are not included in calculated income for child support purposes. Still, a court can consider an […]

An Overview of Durable Power of Attorney

Power of attorney is a type of legal document that empowers another person to act on your behalf in certain situations. This is a handy stipulation to have in your estate plan in the event you become incapacitated. If a power of attorney is “durable,” that means the document will remain in effect even upon […]

Why It’s a Good Idea to Plan Your Estate While You’re Young

There is a common misconception that estate planning is something people only need to worry about when they have a high-value estate, or have hit a certain age. The truth is everyone can benefit from estate planning, including people who are still quite young. Here are just a few of the benefits that come with […]

Common Myths About the Probate Process

The average person is not likely to be well versed in estate planning law, so it should come as no surprise that there are a variety of myths that surround the estate planning and probate process. Here are just a few of these most common probate-related myths and the truths behind them. MYTH: The probate […]

Important Tips for a Personal Representative

Have you been selected as the personal representative of someone’s estate? Here are some tips to help you handle the job effectively. Get copies of the death certificate ASAP: As soon as you’re able, get copies of the death certificate. You’re going to need them if you are responsible for making funeral and burial arrangements, […]