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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What You Should Know about Life Insurance

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Part of protecting your loved ones when you pass away is making sure that you have a proper estate plan in place. Another aspect is making sure that the right amount of money is available to carry out your goals for their futures. Life insurance has helped many people provide for their loved ones in the way they had envisioned. …

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Family Law Issues with Agriculture: Estate and Succession Planning

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It is uncommon for agriculture producers and business owners to consider estate planning and succession planning for their agriculture operation in the midst of a divorce; however, divorcing farm families should consider this while negotiating the division of marital assets. These assets may include the farm or ranch business and its assets. After all, divorce is one of the Big …

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Cari’s Checklist on What to Do if a Loved One Dies

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Besides contacting Rincker Law or your probate attorney, there are a few things to keep in mind when a loved one passes.  I posted my checklist on JD Supra here.

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Using Life Insurance as a Farm Estate Planning Tool

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Life insurance is a way to increase an estate’s value just by paying a monthly premium.  In the case of a farm, the life insurance can be taken out by the parent, or by a child on the life of a parent.  This can help alleviate complications that can arise if certain children wish to take over the farm and …

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NBI Webinar: Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers

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The National Business Institute (“NBI”) will be having a substantive webinar on October 3, 2012 from 11:00am to 6:00pm ET (that’s no typo – it’s a 7 hour webinar…).  It’s a little pricey for a webinar but if you are interested in this topic (like me) then I think it’ll be worthwhile.  Topics for the webinar include the following: (1) …

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Estate Planning is More Than Just Getting a Last Will and Testament

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Many people think that “estate planning” is really just hiring a lawyer or downloading a program off the internet (which I do not suggest) to draft a Last Will and Testament.  However, it’s more complicated than that.  A good estate planning attorney will have you complete a questionnaire giving him/her information on your family tree, assets and liabilities in order …

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Looking For New Year’s Resolution? How About Disaster Preparedness

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Okay, so it’s not the most exciting New Year’s Resolution but it may be a whole lot more doable than dropping 30 pounds in 2012.  On page 5 of this month’s Grassroots newspaper by New York Farm Bureau (“NYFB”) includes a nice submission by A. Edward Staehr of NY FarmNet about coping with a disaster (including grief counseling, recreating lost …

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When Is The Last Time You Reviewed Your Estate Plan?

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I read a great article in the Agriculture Law Update from the American Agriculture Law Association (“AALA”) by Kevin Alerding, Esq., a Partner at Ice Miller, LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana, about reviewing estate plans.  Alerding recommends that folks review their estate plan once a year.  I think this is good advice so it becomes part of your regular routine.  Perhaps after you …

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