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Trusts – The Swiss Army Knife of Estate Planning

To the general public, a trust may seem like an advanced tool only for the wealthiest among us. But, the reality is that trusts are a foundational estate planning tool with a solid history for being highly effective in ensuring a person’s wishes are carried out. The process begins with the maker of a trust –

2018-12-06T10:39:05+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Tags: , , |

One Call You Must Make After You Buy a Home

During the home buying process, you worked with a lot of individuals: your realtor, the seller’s realtor, the title company, the loan officer, and the home inspector.  Now that you have finalized the purchase of your house, there is one more expert you need to call: your estate planning attorney. Aligning Your Ownership with Existing Estate

2018-11-19T10:20:22+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

3 Tips for Every New Homeowner

Congratulations on the purchase of your new home.  Whether this is your first home or an upgrade/downsize, the purchasing of a home is a big event in your life.  When these major life changes occur, it is important that you are properly prepared. Below are a few things for you to consider now that you finally

2018-11-08T13:12:10+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How to Make Your Inheritance Last

A 2012 study by Ohio State researcher Jay Zagorsky found that about one-third of Americans who receive an inheritance have negative savings within two years of getting their money, and of those who receive $100,000 or more, nearly one in five spend, donate or simply lose it all.  If you are about to receive an inheritance,

2018-11-07T15:40:32+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Estate Planning Considerations for Benefits Open Enrollment

The fall, generally late-October or early-November, is the time when employers send out summaries of employee benefits offered by the company and give employees the option to enroll in these benefits. These can generally include retirement plan options, health care, dental, vision, short and/or long-term disability, and life insurance coverage. Your employer may pay 100 percent

2018-11-01T13:53:31+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

Hope to See You at Our First-Ever Coffee Chat, 3-6p.m. Monday, November 19th

On Monday, November 19th, we’ll be hosting our first-ever Kaiser Law Group Coffee Chat from 3-6 p.m. It's an "open office hours"-style event. We just ask that you let us know that you are planning to come by so we can expect you. I'm not a coffee drinker – more of a hot chocolate guy (no

Big “Life Changes” Often Mean Big “Estate Plan Changes”

Many people who put together an estate plan do so when they start a family - assuming they put an estate plan together at all during their lifetime. While putting an estate plan together is a good thing to do, many people make few updates once the plan has been created, despite other key life events

Why Joint Tenancy Should Not Be the Go-To Plan for Newlyweds

If you are recently married or have been married and are acquiring additional assets, know that you have options when it comes to how the property will be titled. And, although joint tenancy seems like an easy and convenient choice, it may not work as well as you would think. What is Joint Tenancy? After getting

2018-10-18T11:04:31+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Do Your Parents have an Estate Plan?

If you find yourself in the "sandwich generation" (someone who is caring for both your children as well as your parents simultaneously), you need to know whether or not your parents have put together an estate plan. While it is still your parent’s choice to make estate planning decisions, having a plan -- no matter how

2018-10-11T10:40:29+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |