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The Majority of the Time, Equal Is Equitable

The best way to leave property to your children is to divide everything into equal shares. That is the straightforward choice when all your children are doing equally well. But if not – if, for example, your son is a…

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How Does Probate Work?

As part of the probate process, deceased people's wills are authenticated, their assets are reviewed, their debts are paid, and their taxes are paid. What remains is distributed to their inheritors. After an asset-holder dies, the court will appoint a…

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Tips for Entrepreneurs on Estate Planning

Entrepreneurs have several important characteristics in common such as motivation, creativity, persuasiveness, risk tolerance, versatility, vision, innovation, communication and collaboration, flexibility, and decisiveness. These individuals create new businesses bearing most of the risks and reaping most of the rewards if…

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The Probate Process and Outstanding Debts

Probate can be avoided if you have the right strategy in place, saving you money in taxes, avoiding public proceedings, and the requirement for court approval. It can save you time, frustration, and in many cases, significant attorney and court…

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Tips on Preparing an Estate Plan For a Blended Family

Inheritance distributions in blended families can be inequitable resulting in hurt feelings and possibly lengthy court battles. While you cannot legislate from the grave, you can carefully prepare your estate plan, distinctly accounting for biological and stepchildren to minimize the…

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The Many Benefits of a Trust

A trust is a great mechanism for handling estate business and it can be beneficial to anyone with any number of assets. You want to keep your affairs private and stay out of probate court? Maybe you have stepchildren? You…

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A Guide for Understanding Advance Directives

Kevin was watching his wife Winnie in her nursing home room with tears in his eyes. The medical staff just finished inserting a feeding tube into Winnie – an act Kevin knew she didn’t want. Unfortunately, Winnie couldn’t express her…

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