This year is quickly coming to a close. For many of us, December 31 cannot come soon enough, as 2020 has been anything but a walk in the park. The first quarter of 2020 brought a worldwide pandemic. Not only did this raise concerns about everyone’s health and safety, but it also fundamentally changed the way we all live. Many people found themselves either working from home or out of work. The pandemic also created market volatility that impacted many people’s investment and retirement … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for 2021
The statistics that are compiled to get a feel for the estate planning preparedness of American adults are not encouraging. Sometimes a particular publication will start to track the progress of a certain phenomenon over a number of years, and Caring.com has focused on this subject. They have published a survey for 2020 that is eye-opening, and not in a good way. In 2017 when they started doing their research, they found that 42 percent of American adults had estate plans in place. This year, … [Read more...] about Who Gets My Assets If I Die With No Will?
In 2008, Congress recognized the need for the public to understand the importance and benefits of estate planning by passing House Resolution 1499, which designated the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Nevertheless, according to a 2019 survey carried out by Caring.com, 57% of adults in the United States have not prepared any estate planning documents such as a will or trust even though 76% viewed them as necessary. Many of the respondents said this was due to … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Awareness Week: The Importance to You and Your Family of Having an Estate Plan
Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it’s not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with the planning requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought can stop many people right in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qualified attorney to put together an estate plan based on some of the following common myths: Myth #1: Only the Rich Need Estate Planning When we hear about estate planning on the news or read about it on the … [Read more...] about Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Planning
Far too many people automatically assume that a last will is the right asset transfer vehicle, but this is a shortsighted perspective. There are many different types of trusts that can be utilized, and some of them are ideal for people that are not extraordinarily wealthy. The trust that is optimal for the widest array of people is the revocable living trust. These trusts provide several advantages, but we are going to focus on one aspect here. Estate Administration If you were to use a … [Read more...] about Living Trusts Streamline the Estate Administration Process
Estate planning attorneys always emphasize the fact that there is no one universal approach that is right for each and every person. The optimal way to proceed will depend upon the circumstances, and this one of the major reasons why it is important to work with a qualified lawyer. This being stated, there are certain core components that an estate planning will have in a general sense. Let’s look at the essentials that should be addressed in every estate plan. Asset Transfers Far too many … [Read more...] about Estate Planning: Cover These Bases
You have the ability to craft your legacy in a way that makes life better for the people that you will be leaving behind in various different ways. Of course, you can leave lump sum inheritances and let the individuals that are receiving the bequests do whatever they want to do with the resources. This can be the right choice for some, but for others, you may want to go in a different direction. Before you make any final decisions along these lines, you should understand your options with … [Read more...] about An Incentive Trust Can Provide Guidance
Estate planning involves more than just your cash and personal property. A mistake that some clients make is overlooking family heirlooms which often have more sentimental value than monetary value. Part of determining how to distribute your assets after death includes distributing heirlooms that need to be kept in the family and passed on through the generations. Including your family heirlooms in your estate plan is important and our Reno estate planning attorneys can help. Be Specific and … [Read more...] about Can Estate Planning Protect My Family Heirlooms?
Probate is the legal process of estate administration. We practice law in Nevada, and in our state, the probate court in the county that the decedent resided in would supervise the process. In this blog post, we will provide some answers to frequently asked questions about probate. Why does probate exist? In an estate planning context, probate exists to provide supervision when an estate is being administered. If the last will is used as a vehicle of asset transfer, an executor would be … [Read more...] about Understanding the Probate Process
Our firm has always been very receptive to the needs of the LGBT community, and there was once a time when legal safeguards were absolutely necessary for committed gay couples. When same-sex marriages were not recognized by the federal government, people in these committed partnerships were not afforded the same inherent rights that married people enjoy. To provide an example, if you pass away without any state estate planning documents at all, this would be looked upon as the condition of … [Read more...] about Edith Windsor and LGBT Estate Planning