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HELP! This Probate Is Taking Forever!!!

Posted on: April 15th, 2016
After a loved one dies, her estate must be settled. While most people want the settlement process to be done ASAP, probate can take between 18 and 24 months. Yes, you heard that right. The time delays create unnecessary stress....

Sonny Bono’s Procrastination in Creating a Will Led to Years of Estate Battles

Posted on: April 8th, 2016
Sonny Bono, the singer, songwriter, restauranteur, and former Congressman, died in a tragic ski accident in 1998 at the age of 62. His net worth was just under $2 million at the time of his death, yet Bono did not have a will. Apparently, he meant to have one drawn up, but simply never got around to it. Sadly, his fourth wife and surviving spouse, former Representative Mary Bono, spent years battling to be the executor of his estate. She also faced lawsuits filed by anyone and everyone who wanted a piece of the pie – some of whom you wouldn’t believe... ...

5 Reasons to Protect Your Retirement Accounts Now

Posted on: April 1st, 2016
During your lifetime, your retirement account has asset protection, but as soon as you pass that account to a loved one, that protection evaporates. This means one lawsuit and POOF! Your life long, hard earned savings could be gone. Fortunately, there is an answer. A special trust called a “Standalone Retirement Trust” (SRT) can protect inherited assets from your beneficiaries’ creditors. We’ll show you what we mean....

Our 2015 Charitable Gift Contribution

Posted on: January 26th, 2016
Breaking tradition. It’s not something I like to do. Especially one like our charitable gift contest, that’s become so popular over the past 7 years. But this year, the decision to make our donation to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (www.ovarian.org), without holding a contest, was a unanimous one in our office. And like anything that triggers a sudden, profound interest in a particular charity… our reason for gifting to this one was personal ...

Estate Planning Lawyer Advice for Second (or Third) Marriages

Posted on: July 15th, 2014
Estate planning lawyers work with clients at all different stages of life. For example, many couples realize the importance of meeting with an estate planning lawyer before getting married. While things are rarely straight forward (every situation is unique, after all), they can get pretty complicated in cases where one or both of the parties involved has been married before...

Who Would Care For Your Pet If Something Happens To You? Estate Lawyer Answers

Posted on: July 9th, 2014
So many Americans are pet owners, and estate lawyers have various ways of helping their clients to care for these pets. To be honest, it’s pretty common to overlook the potential need to plan for a pet after your death, but it’s something that more and more people are recognizing as an integral part of their own estate planning process...
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