What You Should Know About DNR Orders

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What You Should Know About DNR Orders

A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order is used to instruct care providers who receive a patient not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or various other life-saving procedures to restart a heart or breathing. Examples include external chest compressions, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, electric shock, heart injections and various other CPR methods. These orders are typically established by […]

Tips for Deciding What to Do With Your Digital Assets

We are living much more of our lives in the digital world than ever before. This means by the time you die, you will have likely amassed a collection of digital assets. Like other types of assets, you can control what happens to them with your estate plan. If you care about these digital assets, […]

Why Do So Many People Procrastinate With Their Estate Planning?

Most people when asked will agree that estate planning is important, and something they should do for themselves. However, there are many people who have not made any real progress on developing an estate plan, which puts them at risk of dying intestate and having their assets distributed according to state law. Here are a […]

Why You Should Devise a House in Your Estate Plan Rather Than Gifting While You’re Alive

As you age, you may consider giving your home outright to an adult child, or adding them to the deed. However, this typically is not your smartest move if you wish to transfer ownership of the property. While transferring your house to your children while you’re alive helps them avoid probate, gifting a house can […]

Funeral Costs Can Be Deducted from Estate Taxes

Only estates worth more than the federal estate tax exemption are required to file a federal estate tax returns. For this reason, most can’t claim estate tax deductions. Estates that are subject to the federal estate tax, however, can use various deductions, including funeral expenses, to reduce the estate’s overall taxable income. Funeral expenses are […]

How to Leave Money for a Charity in Your Estate Plan

Do you have a charitable organization you care about? You may wish to leave a bequest to this organization through your estate plan. There are a variety of methods you can use to accomplish this while maximizing the tax benefits. Here are just a few examples: Direct bequests: You can use your will or a […]

Estate Planning Considerations for People Without Children

Just because you do not have children doesn’t mean you don’t have a reason to plan out your estate. If you care at all about what happens to your assets after your death, it is important to spend some time considering your affairs. Here are just a few of the most important considerations for you […]

The Benefits and Limitations of Owning Property in Joint Tenancy

Joint tenancy with right of survivorship is a popular property ownership method that allows for probate avoidance. Any property owned in this format automatically passes to the surviving owner or owners of the property without having to go through the probate process. Here are just a few of the primary advantages of owning property in […]

What to Know About Avoiding Probate in Florida

One of the main goals of estate planning is to avoid the probate process as much as possible. Probate can easily get drawn out, resulting in higher court expenses and a longer time passing before heirs are able to receive their inheritance. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important things to know […]

The Property You Shouldn’t Put in a Will

There are certain kinds of property you can leave out of your will, for a variety of reasons. In many cases this is because the property will already pass to your heirs through other means. Here’s a quick look at some of the property that should not be included in a will: Property with a […]