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Estate Planning 101

Estate planning encompasses a variety of topics and consequently all our posts could fall under this category. These articles illustrate how estate planning is broader than just a simple Will and how the legal, financial, medical and emotional considerations all affect an estate plan.

Incapacity Planning

It is imperative for individuals to be proactive in naming agents to act on their behalf for times of incapacity. While most of our posts relate to planning for death, these articles address the importance of planning for times when individuals are still living but are unable to communicate or carry out their intentions.

Investments & Insurance

We encourage individuals to take a holistic approach to their estate plan. It is not enough to solely set up the legal documents. It is also important to ensure an individual’s estate is financially secure and protected. These articles range from economic market updates to general advice on how to save, maximize benefits and transfer financial assets.

Probate

Probate is the process of administering an individual’s estate after death. Some individuals wish to avoid probate at all costs, while others understand that probate is not as time consuming or expensive if an appropriate plan is in place. These posts detail the procedures, common pitfalls and helpful hints of probate.

Real Estate

Real property is present in most estates. If the transfer of real estate is not planned for properly, it can cause huge complications in an estate administration. These articles address the ways real estate is held in an estate and how to properly transfer title, both during life and after death.

Taxes

Taxes can be a driving factor for individuals to create an estate plan. Individuals wish to minimize taxes during their lifetime and upon death. These posts educate readers about the different taxes that can affect an estate with tips to minimize or avoid exposure to tax.

Trusts

Trusts can be complex and confusing to many individuals. These articles try to boil down trust options, explain how trusts function and for which individuals and estates they are appropriate.

Business

Whether you are an employee, employer or self-employed, these articles will assist you with all aspects of forming, running, or working for a business, plus give you the lowdown on transferring your business interest in the event of retirement or death.

Recent Articles

Dec 18 2014

Year-End Tax Planning Part 1: Overview

This is the first in a series of posts over the next two weeks to assist Epilawg readers with year-end tax planning. The opportunity to take advantage of income timing exists particularly for taxpayers who […]

Dec 16 2014

Helping Families Today, Tomorrow & for the Future Generations – Part 2

Part 1 of Anne’s post focused on the 5 strategies of an effective healthcare directive. This week’s post shares insights regarding the selection of healthcare agent(s). Well-written healthcare directives require more than checking boxes on […]

Dec 14 2014

In the News – The Estate of James Brown

It will be the 8th anniversary of James Brown’s death on Christmas of this year and yet his estate still has not been administered according to his wishes in his Will. As we have witnessed […]

Dec 10 2014

Helping Families Today, Tomorrow & for the Future Generations – Part 1

As trusted advisors, attorneys and financial advisors, you are uniquely poised to coach individuals and families on the merits of preparing thoughtfully for end-of-life decisions. Most likely, posing questions regarding a client’s financial assets and […]

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