The Dangers of Transferring Your Home to Your Child

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It is common for parents to consider deeding their home to their child or children. The reasons for contemplating a home ownership transfer vary, but typically include the parents thinking that this will allow their estates to avoid probate, inheritance taxes, or to help them qualify for benefits for long-term care. Although it may appear […]

How to Avoid an Estate Planning Tragedy

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You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both. -King Lear, 3.2 I recently purchased a copy of King Lear. Somehow, I had never read this Shakespeare classic. Now, being semi-retired I have some time to read things like this that I missed. Wow. This […]

Estate Planning – How to Begin

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Estate planning is a process that you use to protect your loved ones and your home and savings. You know you should do it, but where should you begin? How are you supposed to know what estate planning documents make sense for you? It is hard to get started. Earlier in my law career in […]

What Makes a Power of Attorney “Durable”?

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document you use to authorize another person to act on your behalf. The rules governing powers of attorney are generally a matter of state law. Many state laws are based on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. But the terminology and rules can vary substantially from state to […]

The Importance of a Will for a Younger Person

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It is easy to put off estate planning. Many estate planning documents don’t come into play until something bad occurs, such as death or incapacity, and no matter what your age, these are uncomfortable topics to discuss. This procrastination in estate planning is particularly true with younger people, where the urgency of a health crisis […]

Resolutions to Protect Family

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During the holidays, families gather together and celebrate the season with their traditions. Many anticipate seeing the new baby, eating Aunt Penny’s red and green M&M cookies, going to candlelight church service, having a special family game night or just being still in front of a fireplace together. Families are not necessarily blood relatives but […]