Concerning Trend: Middle-Aged Americans Aren’t Performing Estate Planning

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Concerning Trend: Middle-Aged Americans Aren’t Performing Estate Planning

A recent survey from and YouGov polled over 2,600 American adults, and discovered that for the first time, Americans between the ages of 35 and 54 are actually less likely to have a will in place than Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, a trend some would consider concerning. An overview of […]

What is a Holographic Will?

A holographic will is a handwritten by the testator that is not witnessed. These wills are not recognized in Florida. Here’s why Florida courts refuse to recognize holographic wills: Lack of required provisions: There are frequently complications that occur with these kinds of wills because they tend to be written hastily and are not executed […]

Digital Assets You Should Handle in Your Will

Today’s wills must account for digital assets as well as physical and financial ones. You can leave behind instructions for any or all of your digital assets in your estate plan, but only some can actually pass through your will. These are assets that you own and have real, value to them. Examples of these […]

You’re Not ‘Too Busy’ to Make a Will!

With as busy as you likely are each day, it might seem like an impossible task to sit down with an attorney and draw up a will. In fact, being “too busy” is one of the most common reasons cited by people for not getting around to making a will. But making a will really […]

Can You Quitclaim Property Rather Than Leaving it In a Will?

It’s common for people to use wills or trusts to leave behind property to loved ones. However, there are other options available, such as gifting property or using a quitclaim for real estate. You do have the ability to  deed your property to others during your life.  People sometimes refer to that as quitclaiming property, […]

How to Add an Addendum to Your Will

If you wish to do so at any point, you may amend your will relatively easily to ensure the document accounts for changing circumstances in your life. You can do so by creating an addendum, also known as a “codicil” in the estate planning world. A codicil is a short document that changes some of […]

Key Estate Planning Tips for the Elderly

People of all ages can benefit from some thorough estate planning, but it becomes especially important to create and adjust your estate plan as you reach old age. You need to take care of your estate plan before a situation arises in which you are unable to handle your own affairs. Below are a few […]

Codicils Allow for Small Changes to a Will Without a Complete Overhaul

Do you need to make minor changes to a will? You can add an amendment called a “codicil” without having to revamp the entire document. This can be an ideal way to revise a will when you have simple changes, such as changing the name of an executor or swapping out any other provisions. In […]

What’s the Difference Between a Healthcare Surrogate Designation and a Living Will?

A healthcare surrogate designation and a living will are two different kinds of advance directives you can include in your estate plan. But while the functions they serve are similar in a sense, the ways they operate are quite different. The following is an overview of each to give you an idea of what they […]

Challenging a Will Comes with Certain Risks

Can you challenge the will of a recently deceased person? The answer might be yes, but even when it is a viable path forward, you should be aware that there are certain risks that come with doing so. To challenge a will, you must show that there is something wrong with the will itself or […]