Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

July 13, 2015

For many years, the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) prevented the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples. As a result, same-sex couples could not take advantage of federal laws, which barred them from receiving federal marriage benefits. United States vs. Windsor That changed on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the […]

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Estate Planning for Alzheimer’s

July 1, 2015

  I was recently reminded that incapacity is something that can happen at any age. Someone I know was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease at just 47 years of age. A new client has also been diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s. Most people mistakenly assume that Alzheimer’s only afflicts the elderly; however, according to […]

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The Top 10 Reasons Why You Need An Estate Plan

May 8, 2015

A recent survey found that approximately two-thirds of Americans don’t have a wills, and even fewer have power of attorneys or health care directives. Are you one of them? The survey suggests that the primary reasons why so few have Wills include: Procrastination Believing that getting a Will was not urgent Thinking they did not […]

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Who Are Your Beneficiaries?

April 20, 2015

Who are your beneficiaries? When was the last time you updated your beneficiary designations? If you’re like most Americans, it’s probably been a really long time! Unfortunately that can lead to disastrous results. For example, I once received a heartbreaking call from a woman once whose husband had just passed away. Her husband had acquired […]

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To Spring or Not to Spring a Durable Power of Attorney

March 2, 2015

Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. What is a Durable Power of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document that will allow you to appoint someone you trust to engage in specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It is called “durable” because it does not terminate if […]

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Is There A Difference Between A Beneficiary And An Heir?

October 10, 2014

The words “Beneficiary” and “Heir” are often used interchangeably, but each word has a very specific legal definition. A beneficiary is someone who benefits from the transfer of property, such as by a Will or a Trust. A beneficiary can even be the person who transfers the property. For example, in the case of a […]

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