Your Judgment of Divorce: The First Step in Estate Planning

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You have recently divorced your spouse and the judge has signed the divorce judgment. Now what? Although you may feel as though you have spent enough time and money on lawyers, there is one last attorney you need to talk to: an estate planning attorney. If you and your former spouse had estate planning done together previously, it is necessary …

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Estate Planning: Answering Common Questions of Senior Citizens

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According to a study conducted by Caring.com, the percentage of people aged fifty-five and older who have created a will has fallen from 60 percent to 44 percent since 2019.[1] Although creating or updating your estate planning may seem like a daunting task, a proper estate plan can help address the concerns you may face as a senior citizen. We …

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Living, Testamentary, and Constructive Trusts: Are They All the Same?

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In the world of estate planning, terms that refer to legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. What is a will, and how does it differ from a trust? What distinguishes a springing power of attorney from an immediate power of attorney? Or are they the same …

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Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

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Estate planning is one area that often goes unexamined and neglected. Is it time to remodel your estate plan? If so, is that something that you can (or should) do on your own? Small Estate Planning Updates Upon reviewing your estate planning documents, you may notice a number of seemingly small issues that need to be addressed, but you may …

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Why Is My Trust So Long?

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When you met with an attorney a few weeks ago, perhaps all you expected was a simple will. Maybe you thought that, with your situation, the work should be easy and the documents should be few. But now that you have finished working with the attorney, your parting gift is a large binder filled with hundreds of pages. You may …

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Simultaneous Deaths: What If My Spouse and I Die at the Same Time?

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The chances of a married couple dying in a common accident or within a very short time of one another are probably quite slim. However, it does happen. And it happens frequently enough that most states have laws to address the issue and the problems that can arise from simultaneous deaths. What are these laws, why do we need them, …

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Why You Should Consult a Champaign Estate Planning Attorney to Protect Your Family

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The process of protecting your family and setting up your estate in the event of your death can be a daunting and expensive process. It can involve some very deep thinking about painful issues. Nonetheless, it is an important process – one that every family should engage in. First, it is important to understand why estate planning is so important. …

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NY Estate Planning: Electronic Execution of Last Will and Testament

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Typically, a will must be signed in front of two (2) witnesses and other estate planning documents require a notary.  Now, due to social distancing guidelines, Executive Order No. 202.14 issued by Governor Cuomo states, in pertinent part, that witnessing can be performed via audio-video technology as long as certain conditions are met.  Similarly, under Executive Order No. 2020.7, so …

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Make an Achievable 2019 New Year’s Resolution – Get an Estate Plan Checkup!

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With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your new year’s resolutions. It doesn’t matter whether you have an estate plan or don’t, one important item to add to your list is getting an estate plan checkup. Don’t Have an Estate Plan?  If you don’t already have an estate plan, then getting one in place should …

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Is a Revocable Living Trust Right for You?

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Revocable Living Trusts have become the basic building block of estate plans for people of all ages, personal backgrounds, and financial situations. But for some, a Revocable Living Trust may not be necessary to achieve their estate planning goals or may even be detrimental to achieving those goals. What Are the Advantages of a Revocable Living Trust Over a Will? …

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Estate Planning For the Newly Married

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Now is the perfect time to start working on an estate plan—because, as newlyweds, you may not have a list of your accounts, but you’ve effectively just done a working inventory of your possessions—as you’ve figured out how to consolidate two households into one. You’ve already been working on the new banking and shared responsibility of bills and taxes and …

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