Why Homemade Wills Do Not Work

Drafting your own will or using a form that you purchased online to create a will, might seem like a good idea that will save you money. However, those wills often fail to do much more than create large legal bills in probate. Wills often sound like simple legal documents. In a sense, they are. [...]

2016-12-28T01:54:36+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Preventing Estate Challenges|0 Comments

A Charitable Legacy Requires Planning

If you want to be remembered for charitable giving, then you should get started with an estate plan. At this time of year, it can seem like giving to charity is something done with little forethought. It can require no more than dropping loose change in a bell ringer's bowl at the grocery store or [...]

2016-12-28T01:53:11+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Trusts|0 Comments

Dementia Rate Declining

A survey reveals the overall rate of dementia in the U.S. is declining, but the reasons are not clear. It has long been expected that as more and more Americans lived into older age and continued to suffer from obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol, the percentage of the population with dementia would increase. Some very [...]

2016-12-28T01:52:13+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments

Family Squabbles Can Hurt Elderly Parents

When an elderly parent is approaching the end of life, the ability of the family to come together and agree on treatment and care is vital to ease the parent's suffering. The last thing that most end of life patients want to deal with, is a family feud over the patient’s medical treatment and care. [...]

2016-12-28T01:51:36+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Family Feuds|0 Comments

Attorney-Client Privilege Is not Absolute

When you go to an estate planning attorney you expect that what you tell the attorney will be protected by attorney-client privilege. However, that might not always be the case. Attorney-client privilege is one of the most important legal doctrines in the U.S. It allows people to be open and honest with their attorneys without [...]

2016-12-28T01:49:26+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Assests|1 Comment

Why People Put off Estate Planning

Roughly half of Americans will pass away without estate plans even if they know they should have one. Why do people not make plans they know they should make? You have heard time and time again that if you do not have an estate plan, then you do not get to decide what happens to [...]

2016-12-28T01:48:26+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Preparing for Consult|0 Comments

Being Prepared for Death

You are going to die, so it is important to be prepared for it. However, do not be taken in by some common estate planning myths. At some point in the future, you will pass away. That is an undeniable fact. You might think that if you live long enough medical science will advance to [...]

2016-12-28T01:26:44+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Preventing Estate Challenges|0 Comments