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Can your pets be added to your will?

Yes, you can provide for your pets in your will. It’s a common misnomer that you can leave money directly to your pet. Some people remember stories about billionaire Leona Helmsley leaving $12 million to her dog named “Trouble.” In reality, you may love your pet like a child but under the law, the pet > READ MORE

How a business trip caused me to contemplate my own death and start a business.

Business Trip from Hell A few years ago I was working as an attorney and traveling for work.  I was sitting in the middle of a cramped coach seat on a flight back home. As I sat there waiting for the delayed flight to take off, the misery created inspiration.  I decide to write a > READ MORE

What types of questions should you ask during your initial consultation with an estate planning attorney?

You should ask three types of questions: Estate Planning 101 Above all, it is important to talk with an experienced and licensed attorney in your state about your specific circumstance and how best to address your particular needs. Need an attorney? One of the best sources is to ask for a referral from your friends > READ MORE

Who will clear your internet history when you die?

Who will clear your internet history when you die? And other messes you’ll leave behind for your family and friends   Death is messy and not just in the way you think. All the things you’ve put off doing or tried to ignore will inevitably get dumped on those you leave behind – a spouse, > READ MORE

Free Estate Planning Checklist for New Parents

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! As if the sleepless nights and stinky diapers weren’t enough, new parents naturally want to make sure that they’ve done everything they can to put their affairs in order. Consult this checklist for the most common estate planning needs for new parents. Click here to get a copy > READ MORE

Do you need a will?

Yes, no, maybe … If you ask a group of attorneys, most will say that everyone needs to have a last will and testament. They’re not wrong but they are being a little naive. 6 out of 10 American adults don’t have a will.  Even if you are in the 40% with a will, you are > READ MORE

101 Series

Do you need help demystifying the terms and concepts used by some attorneys and estate planners when talking about wills, trusts, and estate planning?  In this series, we aim to break down some of these topics to make them easier to understand without having to go to law school. Check out the following: What is > READ MORE

C|NET’s Logging Out series

c|net has a wonderful new series called “Logging Out” about living and dying in the digital age. Here are some of the interesting and informative topics that they are exploring: How to memorialize someone’s Facebook account by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal   With deepest sympathy: How to write a condolence note by Michelle Starr   How to > READ MORE

What is a trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement where assets are held for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries.  The person that creates the trust is called the “settlor” or “grantor.”  The trust can hold money, investments, real estate or other property. The trust agreement will name one or more trustees who have certain duties to > READ MORE

What’s missing from your will?

Important information that your family will need is missing from your will.  Most wills only address three basic issues: (1) who will administer your estate (the executor/executrix), (2) how will your remaining assets be distributed – usually as percentages or specifics gifts, and (3) if you have minor children, who will be appointed guardian.  While > READ MORE

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