Look. I get it. We live in the age of “do-it-yourself”. You think, “Estate planning is just filling in a boiler plate will or trust. Why pay a lawyer thousands to do that? I can find these documents at Living Social, Groupon, or Legal Zoom.” The truth is- estate planning is not that simple. Here […]
Even after death, celebrities are highly publicized for their mistakes, many of which we make ourselves. This time last year, superstar musician Prince died suddenly, leaving no will, and the management of his substantial estate fraught with legal complications and added costs. It’s easy to assume that the wealthiest among us have all their ducks […]
Most people know they need a will. And many of them fully intend on writing a will … someday. But life is busy and the will keeps getting put off. Eventually, someday becomes never. In fact, nearly half of American adults will die without a will in place. So what happens if you die without […]
Even the best intentions can have unintended consequences when it comes to estate planning. A case now winding its way through the New York appellate court system provides a cautionary tale when it comes to the safekeeping of your estate planning documents. According to a recent news report, Robyn Lewis and James Simmons divorced in […]
In this article I will explain the difference between a Will-based plan and a Trust-based plan so you can make an educated decision for your family about what is best for you and, ultimately, for them. A Will-based plan is an estate plan that does not include a Living Trust to hold title to your […]
Famous comedienne, Joan Rivers, who died unexpectedly on September 4, 2014, from what is alleged to be a botched medical procedure, made millions making us all laugh. Some of her most infamous routines centered around skewering celebrities, most notably legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor.