When Inheriting Property, Consider Your Options

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Inheriting property from your parents is either a blessing or a burden — or a little bit of both. Figuring out what to do with the property can be overwhelming, so it is good to carefully think through all of your choices. There are three main options when you inherit property: move in, sell, or […]

Five Estate Planning Myths

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

There are lots of misconceptions about estate planning, and any one of them can result in costly mistakes. Understanding who needs an estate plan and what it should cover is key to creating a plan that is right for you. A properly crafted estate plan allows you, while you are still living, to ensure that […]

Does Your Will Name an Alternate Beneficiary?

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

What will happen to your estate if your primary beneficiary does not survive you? If your will does not name an alternate beneficiary, your estate will be divided according to state law. The way the state divides your estate may not agree with your wishes. Your money may go to someone you don’t like or […]

Updating Your Estate Plan When Your Finances Change

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Sometimes homes and portfolios lose value or income and investments increase significantly. If this is the case for you, do you need to change your will? If your finances have changed markedly since you wrote your will, you should check your estate plan to see if you need to make any changes. If your will […]

What Is the Difference Between a Living Will and a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order?

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

It is a very good idea to create advance directives in order to plan for the possibility that you may one day be unable to make your own medical decisions. In doing so, there can be confusion about the difference between a living will and a “do-not-resuscitate” order (DNR). While both these documents are advance […]

Discovery of Aretha Franklin’s Handwritten Wills Throws Her Estate Into Turmoil

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin was thought to have died without a will, but the recent discovery of handwritten documents in her home is calling that into question. A representative of her estate has asked a Michigan probate court to determine if any of the documents could be considered a valid will. When Franklin died August […]

Warning: you must have a Power of Attorney!

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Imagine if tomorrow you were in a car accident or overcome by an illness and unable to communicate… What would your family do? I have sat on the edge of too many hospital and/or rehab beds dealing with distraught family members. You must have someone (with alternates) to call your insurance company, write checks, pay […]

What am I forgetting?

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

So much is being said in the news about dementia that I thought we should discuss why being occasionally forgetful is not such a concern. To the contrary, our memory may not always be so important. A recent article explains how forgetting is actually useful. By forgetting information that is stale, we are enabling ourselves […]

Maximizing Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Social Security survivor’s benefits provide a safety net to widows and widowers. But to get the most out of the benefit, you need to know the right time to claim. While you can claim survivor’s benefits as early as age 60, if you claim benefits before your full retirement age, your benefits will be permanently […]

Medicare Beneficiaries Need to Know the Difference Between a Wellness Visit and a Physical

Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts

Medicare covers preventative care services, including an annual wellness visit. But confusing a wellness visit with a physical could be very costly. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare beneficiaries receive a free annual wellness visit. At this visit, your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant will generally do the following: Ask you to […]