Family Tensions and Healthcare Decisions

Sadly, family feuds are more common than we’d like to admit. These tensions can become incredibly stressful and even more so when one family member experiences a health crisis. If you’re remarried and your adult children don’t get along with your new spouse, it’s natural to worry about potential conflicts during a time when support […]

Estate Planning with Bickering Kids? Minimize Conflict and Keep the Peace

As a parent, you want nothing more than for your children to get along. But the reality is, sibling relationships can be complex and sometimes fraught with disagreements. When planning your estate, facing the prospect of your children arguing about your legacy is incredibly stressful. Rest assured, there are ways to structure your estate plan […]

Estate Planning for a Longer Hospice Journey: What You Need to Know

Hospice care offers comfort and support during a serious illness, focusing on quality of life rather than curative treatment. While it’s often associated with end-of-life situations, a hospice stay can last for months or even years. This highlights the importance of a flexible estate plan that addresses not only what happens after you pass but […]

Passing Down Your Stocks: Strategies for a Smooth Inheritance

Incorporating stocks and other investments into your estate plan requires careful consideration to ensure your hard-earned assets are transferred smoothly to your loved ones. There are several ways to pass down your stocks, each with its own advantages and potential tax implications. Methods for Stock Transfer  One common method is to include specific stocks or […]

Stepping In: What to Do as Trustee When Your Loved One is Hospitalized

Being named a trustee is an important responsibility, but sometimes life throws unexpected situations your way. When a loved one is hospitalized and you have to step into the trustee role, you might feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what lies ahead. Here’s a guide on how to navigate your new responsibilities and ensure your loved […]

The Complexities of Leaving a Legacy to Your Nieces and Nephews

If you share a close bond with your nieces and nephews, ensuring they’re included in your estate plan is natural. However, the laws of inheritance can complicate things, especially for younger beneficiaries. Let’s unravel the factors to consider: How Inheritance Laws Work without a Will When you die without a will (known as dying “intestate”), […]

Estate Planning When Facing a Nursing Home Transition

The decision to place a parent in a nursing home rarely comes easily. Apart from the emotional toll, significant financial and legal adjustments are often necessary. While immediate well-being takes priority, it’s vital to safeguard your parent’s assets and long-term care needs with proactive estate planning. Questions to Guide Your Consultation Elder law attorneys focus […]

New Home Contract? Now’s the Time to Consider a Trust

You’ve found your dream home and your offer’s been accepted – this is an exciting time! As you approach closing, your agent, attorney, or title company will ask how you’d like to hold the title to the property. While individual ownership is common, placing your new house into a trust right from the start has […]

Are All Trusts Living Trusts?

The word “trust” gets used quite broadly, creating potential confusion. While a “living trust” is a widely discussed instrument for estate planning, it’s crucial to understand that not every trust is a living trust. We’ll break down the key distinctions. What is a Trust? Simply put, a trust is a legal arrangement where someone (the […]

Step by Step Moving Forward After Losing a Spouse

April marks Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month, bringing attention to an emotional challenge that many of us will eventually encounter: the loss of a life partner. It’s a difficult transition, and no matter how well-prepared we might think we are, the reality is always a tough journey. Beyond the emotional adjustment, there are practical and […]