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The Missing Will

by Manish Bhatia January 11, 2016 Beneficiary

The Missing Will Do you know where your original Will is located? You should, and so should your executor. The dilemma of a missing original Will has come up in the death of Melissa Mathison, […]

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The Right Way to Inherit

by Manish Bhatia December 20, 2015 Estate Planning 101

While an inheritance is often considered a gift by the recipient, from a tax perspective, there optimal ways to inherit a retirement account. From the language used to designate the beneficiaries to important IRS-imposed deadlines, […]

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Year-End Estate Planning To-Do List

by Manish Bhatia December 5, 2015 Charity/Giving

The end of the year is an ideal time to review your current estate plan and confirm that you are taking advantage of all planning opportunities available to you. This includes not only tax planning, […]

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10 Things you must do before you die! (Not another bucket list article)

by Phillip Christenson November 4, 2015 Estate Planning 101

Bucket Lists have grown in popularity in the last few years. While it might seem important that you go skydiving, and swim with the dolphins before you die I would suggest taking a look at […]

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Privacy and your estate plan

by Maggie Green January 19, 2015 Estate Planning 101

The British government announced recently that 4 million historical wills have been digitized and are now available for download by the public. As in the United States, these documents were previously available by traveling to […]

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Intestate succession for a blended family

by Maggie Green November 18, 2014 Estate Planning 101

A married couple, of which each spouse has children from previous relationships, faces certain issues with regard to distribution of their estates. The most basic of these issues involves what happens if a spouse dies without […]

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Godparents & Guardians: Two Different Roles

by Jayne Sykora August 22, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I often hear in conversation (and I once believed this too!) that if a minor child has godparents, then the same people will be legal guardians of the child if something happens to the child’s […]

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Robin Williams’ Estate: Subject to California Probate?

by Kim Prchal August 19, 2014 Estate Planning 101

As everyone mourns the death of Robin Williams and reflects on his tremendous talents, we estate planning attorneys can’t help but wonder, did Robin Williams do any estate planning? It is apparent that Robin Williams […]

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Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 16, 2014 Estate Planning 101

This is somewhat correct: I clearly remember reading anomalous cases in law school about concepts like Holographic Wills and whether something as simple as “I leave everything to my wife” is a Will. A gentle […]

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Estate Planning Myth #1: I don’t need a Will – I don’t have kids

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 2, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Even if you don’t have a Will, you still do have an estate plan. Without a Will, it’s the state’s version of estate planning that prevails through your state’s intestacy statute. The state’s plan will […]

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Organizing Your Accounts and Passwords

by Maggie Green March 5, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I emphasize to all of my estate planning clients the importance of keeping track of your assets, what they are, where they are located, etc. The reason: a Will or Trust instructs your Personal Representative […]

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