What to Do When Your Doctor Says to “Get Your Affairs in Order”

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Five words no one ever wants to hear from their doctor: “Get your affairs in order.” Unfortunately, 58 percent of Americans do not have a will or trust, and it often requires a chronic disease or terminal illness diagnosis, or other life-changing event to prompt the estate planning process. Talk to your attorney about completing the documents below and follow …

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Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

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Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the nuances between a will and trust – and dying without either. Here is what will generally happen if you die, intestate (without …

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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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Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: How They Differ

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Most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing. However, many of us do not take the first steps to get that estate plan in place because we do not understand the nuances between a will and trust – and dying without either. Here is what will generally happen if you die, intestate (without …

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Champaign Estate Planning Attorney Explains What Documents You Will Need

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Have you thought about planning your estate? Life is more uncertain than ever, so it’s wise to be prepared.  Consider consulting a Champaign estate planning attorney to get guidance on planning an estate. No one likes to think about the worst happening to themselves or the people they love, but estate planning is a profound act of love. You’ll be …

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Farm Estate and Succession Planning

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Farm Estate and Succession Planning from Cari Rincker I am excited to be speaking to the Indiana Master Class tonight on farm estate and succession planning. You cannot really talk about farm estate planning without also discussing business planning. To me, all three concepts are intertwined. Here is my powerpoint presentation. I’m passionate about helping farm families through transitions in …

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8 Things You Should Have in Your Living Will

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If you have made a Living Will already, you have probably provided your wishes regarding artificial nutrition or hydration, CPR, and your views on organ donation.  However, there are many other specific types of treatment that may not be in your Living Will, but should be.  If you have not created a Living Will, or wish to revoke an old …

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Health Care Proxy vs. Living Wills

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Most people think a Health Care Proxy and Living Will are the same thing and you only need to create one.  In New York, a Living Will is not a legal document, but it is still best to have these two documents drafted so that they can be interpreted in conjunction with each other.  The best advice I can give …

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Breaking Down the Basics – Some Farm Estate Planning Definitions

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Knowing these basic estate-planning definitions may be helpful in any conversation you may have with an estate planning professional: A Last Will and Testament (usually just called a “will” for short), is a document that gives your directions on what to do with your property when you die. It takes effect only after you have actually died, and it must …

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Conversation Starters about Estate and Succession Planning for Farms

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Don’t be afraid to have open and honest conversations with your family about estate and succession planning.   “The only thing certain in life is death and taxes,” Ben Franklin famously said; so let us not make the topic taboo.  In order for a farm or agri-business to successfully pass to the next generation (if that is what you want), …

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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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Try To Have *That* Conversation With Your Family This Holiday Season

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You know the conservation that I am referring to– the one about estate and succession planning.  The conversation when you talk about all the What If’s.  Try to have that conversation this holiday season.  I know it might be an uncomfortable topic to bring up while you are “roasting chestnuts on the open fire” or drinking eggnog while watching Charlie …

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