life event change

5 Reasons to Embrace the Emotional Side of Estate Planning

When you hear the phrase “estate plan,” you might first think about paperwork. Or your mind might land on some of the uncomfortable topics that estate planning confronts head-on: end-of-life decisions, incapacity, and your family’s legacy from generation to generation. Those subjects hit home for everyone. But while that could feel like a reason to avoid

Do It Now: Name a Guardian for Your Minor Child(ren)

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising your children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider. But you must. If you don’t, a stranger will determine who raises your children if something happens to you - your child’s guardian could be a relative you despise or even

Are Payable-On-Death Accounts Right For You?

A payable-on-death account, also called a POD account, is a common way to keep bank and investment accounts out of probate, the court-supervised process that oversees distributing a deceased person’s property. Most people want to avoid their estate going through probate because their heirs will receive the inheritance faster, privately, and at lower cost. Is a

Does a Dynasty Trust Make Sense for Your Family?

In 2017, NBA team owner Gail Miller made headlines when she announced that she was effectively no longer the owner of the Utah Jazz or the Vivint Smart Home Arena. These assets, she said, were being placed into a family trust, therefore raising interest in an estate planning tool previously known only to the very wealthy­–the

Facebook Legacy Contacts: Who Takes Care of Your Facebook Once You’re Gone

Today, I just set up my wife Kristie as my “legacy contact” on Facebook. That means that if I were to pass away, she would have authority to manage my Facebook page. This article from Slate.com describes some of the additional details and considerations. At first glance, it might seem like managing a social media page

Holographic Wills

Thomas Kinkade was a self-named “painter of light”, whose mass-produced works of art are estimated to grace one in every twenty American homes. Following his untimely death on April 6, 2012, however, his most famous pieces are turning out to be a couple of holographic wills he left to his girlfriend of 18 months, Amy Pinto-Walsh.

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Life Event Changes

Previous blog posts discussed how the wills left behind by famous figures such as Whitney Houston and Thomas Kinkade will likely go through a lengthy and expensive probate court that could have been avoided if they had updated their estate planning documents after life changing events. A recent Forbes article lists 5 Life Event Changes That

2017-02-23T01:58:57+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lessons Learned from Whitney Houston's Will

A Forbes article posted on March 15, 2012 discusses how “Whitney Houston's Will Was Far From Perfect.” The article highlights two simple estate planning practices that could have benefitted Bobbi Kristina, Whitney’s only child and sole heir: 1. Consider a living trust instead of a will. A living trust can have the advantage of maintaining privacy

2017-02-23T01:56:07+00:00 February 12th, 2012|Tags: , , , , , , , |