Estate Planning

Estate Planning Today Must Include Digital Assets and Social Media

Posted on: May 27th, 2013
It wasn't very long ago that we had only paper for financial and tax records. We could simply point to a file cabinet or drawer and tell someone, 'Everything is in there when the time comes.' But now we have computers and the internet, and so much of our lives is online. Unless we include our digital assets and social media in our estate planning, our family or administrator may not be able to find critical documents....

Online and DIY Estate Planning

Posted on: May 20th, 2013
With the number of online and do-it-yourself (DIY) legal providers continuing to grow, some of individuals may be wondering if they could do their estate planning themselves. The advertising is seductive: attorneys use similar forms, the cost is significantly less than hiring an attorney, and many of these websites and kits are created by attorneys. In addition, most people think their estates are not complicated, and many think they are just as smart as (or smarter than) professionals....

Estate Planning Opportunities for Affluent Families

Posted on: May 13th, 2013
With the $5.12 million per person exemption from federal estate tax ($10.24 million for married couples), most of the estate planning 'talk' recently has been on the planning opportunities available to affluent families. However, the need for estate planning remains for everyone....

Create successful wealth transfers with open communication

Posted on: May 6th, 2013
A recent Forbes article claims that '70% of intergenerational wealth transfers fail,' discussing a new Williams Group study examining the long-term effects of wealth transfers in 3,250 families. 'Failure,' according to the study, means situations where the heirs dissipated wealth, often with the family assets becoming a source of friction and dispute....

Family Values and History Are Still the Best Inheritance

Posted on: May 1st, 2013
According to a recent study, family values, traditions and history still mean more than money as an inheritance....

Should You Disinherit a Child?

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013
Most parents choose to leave their estates equally to their children. But sometimes, parents intentionally choose to not leave anything to a child. There may be what the parents consider to be a legitimate reason: one child has been more financially successful than the others; not wanting a special needs child to lose government benefits; or not wanting to leave an inheritance to an irresponsible or drug-dependent child. Sometimes a parent wants to disinherit a child who is estranged from the family, or to use disinheritance as a way to get even and have the last word....