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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 associated with the estate are so flawlessly handled (thanks to excellent preparation) that they fade into the background, allowing the family to grieve and remember in [...]

You’ll Be Surprised: When Is The Best Time To Plan Your Estate?

Some people start thinking of getting a will in place when children arrive on the scene so guardians are named. Most people start thinking about planning their estates when they reach retirement age. However, you might be surprised, even shocked, to know that the best time to plan your estate is at age 18. The [...]

Estate Plan Maintenance

Your estate plan is a snapshot of you, your goals, your family, your assets, tax laws, and other laws in effect at the time it was created. All of these variables change over time, and so should your plan. It is unreasonable to expect the simple will written when you were a newlywed to be [...]

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 a will is a good basic form of planning, a will does [...]

Estate Tax Planning

BEWARE: you may not be out of the woods yet. Unless you have a comprehensive estate plan, taxes may slip in when you’re least expecting it. That being said, many, but not all, of you can rest assured that the federal estate tax won’t diminish your estate. The exemption is so high that it just [...]

Estate Planning for Young Families

We know how you feel - the last thing you want to think about is paperwork and making decisions about guardians, death, and money. But, and it’s a big “but,” estate planning is likely the most important paperwork you’ll ever do based on the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It’s part of being a [...]

Estate Planning

Because estate planning is about taking care of yourself and those you love, it doesn’t matter how much money you have. There’s no financial threshold you must meet in order to qualify for planning. The qualifications are simple and twofold: first, you must care about someone or want to have some level of control over [...]

Trust and Estate Administration Services

Rest assured, we are here for your loved ones if you become incapacitated and when you die. We hold their hands (sometimes, literally), guiding them through administration while following the instructions you’ve outlined in your estate plan. Remember, your estate plan is really just a legal instruction book. You’ve made good decisions and, with our [...]