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Why a Trust Is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate

Why a Trust Is the Best Option for Avoiding Probate As Ambrose Bierce once darkly observed, “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” Obviously, ideally, when someone passes away, the paperwork and material concerns...

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Estate Planning For the Newly Married

Now is the perfect time to start working on an estate plan—because, as newlyweds, you may not have a list of your accounts, but you've effectively just done a working inventory of your possessions—as you've figured out how to consolidate two...

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How to Leave Assets to Minor Children

Don’t Make These Common, Expensive Mistakes: Most parents want to make sure their children are provided for in the event something happens to them while the children are still minors. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and good friends sometimes want...

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3 Reasons You Want to Avoid Probate

When you pass away, your family may need to visit a probate court in order to claim their inheritance. This can happen if you own property (like a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset) in only your name. Although having...

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Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a “good thing.” Maybe you keep hearing your friends talk about needing a “will” when you have minor kids. However, many of us don’t take the steps to get that estate plan in...

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