Estate Planning

Estate planning comprises a meticulous process that undertakes planning for situations where a person wouldn’t be able to make their own decisions due to a disability or in the case of their passing. The term estate refers to the property one might own; both tangible and intangible. Your property could be hard cash, bank accounts, property, cars, jewelry, insurance, retirement, investments, savings, etc.

Bequeathing assets to heirs / beneficiaries or an institution and planning for incapacity remain main reasons for planning. However, that’s not all estate planning is limited to. Under this umbrella term, there are various other details that can be defined and elaborated.

Estate planning allows you to:

  • Protect assets
  • Medicaid planning
  • Designate a guardian for a minor child
  • Designate a healthcare proxy that can make medical decisions on your behalf
  • Use it for Medicaid planning for long-term care
  • Document end-of-life preferences

You also decide on a power of attorney that can make financial decisions and carry out tasks such as paying bills, settling debt, legal or business decisions, and manage an investment portfolio. When carried out with an estate planning attorney, it can be used to reduce or eliminate taxes.

Here you’ll find yourself perusing through a plethora of articles that could be your resource when you’re learning what planning is all about. You can begin by understanding the bare bones of planning and make your way up, studying different types of planning tools, what mistakes to avoid, what myths to not believe, and more.

International estate planning guide

The International Estate Planning Guide

When most people get in touch with an estate planning attorney, they seem confused about the varying laws of different American states. Estate planning for properties in two different states is difficult enough, but when a whole other country is involved, you can’t go without some intensive study into estate law. If you don’t understand…

Disinheriting Children

Disinheriting Children

When it comes to estate planning at times parents may want to disinherit a child, or children. Some of us may simply want more clarity or assurance on the topic of disinheriting or making sure that an ex-friend or relationship gets nothing once we are gone. In reality if you’re worried about an ex-friend or…

Providing Care For Minor Children

Providing Care For Minor Children

When it comes to estate planning one of the major concerns for most parents is security for their minor children. Who will take care of them and become their guardian in the event that something happens to both parents? If there is only one parent to begin with due to death or abandonment there is…

COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING

COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING

In addition to the selection of either a Will or living trust, a comprehensive estate plan should include a Health Care Proxy and Living Will (sometimes within the same document) and a durable general Power of Attorney. The Health Care Proxy and Living Will address the termination of life support in the event of a…