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What to do with the family heirlooms and keepsakes

When most people think of estate planning, they think of assets that include money, real estate, and personal property. But, included in someone’s estate could be invaluable personal property, such as family heirlooms or keepsakes. This type of property should not be...

When is probate necessary?

Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term “probate”. Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in...

Changes to ABLE Accounts You Should Know

If you have a loved one with disabilities, you may be familiar with “ABLE” accounts, authorized by Congress in 2014 under the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act.  ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts–similar to 529 education savings plans–whose funds...

An Easy Three-Step Review for Your Estate Plan “Helpers”

While putting together an estate plan is important for you and your loved ones, it is equally important for you to understand the role of the trusted individuals who will be carrying out your wishes when you are unable to. When it comes to estate planning, these...

Four Estate and Legacy Planning Tips for the Suddenly Wealthy

Suddenly coming into money can be both a blessing and a curse. Whether you just signed a multiyear, multimillion dollar employment contract, received a significant inheritance, expect a large check from a lawsuit verdict or divorce settlement, or just won the lottery,...

Is a delayed inheritance really an enhanced inheritance?

Whether you have accumulated a little or a lot of wealth over your lifetime, it is likely that you have some particular thoughts on how you would like those assets to be used by loved ones after your death. Maybe you would like the assets to be used as a down payment...