When is a person unfit to make a will?

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Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s ability to understand and execute a will. As a general rule, most people who are over the age of eighteen are thought to be […]

What are the powers and responsibilities of an executor?

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An executor is responsible for the administration of an estate. The executor’s signature carries the same weight of the person whose estate is being administered. He or she must pay […]

Should a Power of Attorney be a part of my Estate Plan?


A durable power of attorney is an important part of an estate plan. It provides that, in the event of disability or incapacitation, a preselected agent can be granted power […]

How to calculate estate tax

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In order to predict how much your estate will have to pay in taxes, one must first determine the value of the estate. To determine this, many assets might have […]

How does life insurance fit into my estate plan?


Life insurance can be an integral part of an estate plan. Policies can be set up to be paid directly to the beneficiary, without the need to pass through the […]

What Is the Spousal Share of an Estate?


There are many reasons why a person might leave a spouse or another loved one out of his or her will. It is possible that the will in question was […]

What is a Life Estate?


A life estate is a special designation in probate law referring to a gift to a family member that lasts as long as the life of the recipient. If an […]

Five Common Reasons a Will Might Be Invalid


There are several reasons that a will may prove invalid. It is important for testators to be aware of these pitfalls in order to avoid them. Improper Execution The requirements […]

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Estate Planning


Estate planning is designed to fulfill the wishes of a person after his or her death. Problems can easily arise, however, if the estate plan contains unanswered questions that can […]

Controlling Estate Planning Through Trusts


How can I control my assets after death? The practice of estate planning is dedicated to preserving an individual’s control over his or her assets after death. A simple will […]

Glossary of Estate Planning Terms


Will – a written document specifying a person’s wishes concerning his or her property distribution upon his or her death. In order to be enforced by a court of law, […]

Estate Planning for the Chronically Ill


There are certain considerations that should be kept in mind for those with chronic illnesses.   Before addressing this issue, there should be some clarification as to the definition of […]

If you’re 70 and have considerable assets, should you consider Medicaid Planning?


There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to implement Medicaid planning.  If you’re in good health, now would be the prime time to do this planning. […]

What would happen if another child is born after establishing an estate plan?


This question presents a fairly common issue posed to estate planning attorneys. The solution is also pretty easy to address in your will, trust and other estate planning documents, including […]

Would transferring your home to your children help avoid estate taxes?


Before transferring your home to your children, there are several issues that should be considered. Some are tax-related issues and some are none-tax issues that can have grave consequences on […]