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Understanding Testamentary Trusts: A Guide for Parents

Understanding Testamentary Trusts: A Guide for Parents

Testamentary trusts also known as contingent trusts are powerful tools in estate planning. This type of trusts offers individuals the ability to maintain control over their assets after their passing. Often overlooked or misunderstood, testamentary trusts provide a means to distribute assets according to specific wishes, and protect beneficiaries. Most often this type of trust is used by families with minor children or young adults. What are Testamentary Trusts (a.k.a. Contingent Trusts) ? A testamentary trust (or contingent trust) is…

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Creditors Claims, Probate, and Fully Funded Revocable Trusts

Creditors Claims, Probate, and Fully Funded Revocable Trusts

The passing of a loved one is a challenging time. Legal and financial matters can further complicate the situation. Many individuals opt for estate planning tools such as revocable trusts to simplify the distribution of assets after their passing. While a fully funded revocable trust may offer benefits such as avoiding probate; it’s essential to understand certain advantages of the probate process can be lost in this approach. Namely, protecting the estate from creditors’ claims by barring them from making…

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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Blended families bring unique challenges when it comes to estate planning. Parents have to navigate complexity of managing assets and ensuring the well-being of children. It can be overwhelming to with all the various options available. By understanding and putting into place some common estate planning strategies, blended families can ensure that their assets are protected and distributed according to their wishes. Not every strategy may be necessary for your particular circumstances. But having a good understanding of the options…

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Reviewing Estate Plans with Parents

Reviewing Estate Plans with Parents

Reviewing your parents estate plans with them is always a prudent thing to do. Keeping an up-to-date estate plan will ensure that your elderly parents’ wishes are carried out in the event of their incapacitation or death. It can also help to avoid potential conflicts and legal issues that may arise in the future. If you want to help your parents update their estate plans, here are some steps you can take: Encourage them to review their current estate documents…

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Moving To Colorado With Your Estate Plan

Moving To Colorado With Your Estate Plan

If you’re moving to Colorado, or have been here awhile but haven an out-of-state estate plan you’ll eventually need to update it. Since, Colorado’s laws most likely differ from your old state, these differences can have a significant impact on your will and other estate plan documents. Some of the more common differences are: Moving To Colorado Is A Major Change You should update your documents every time there are major changes in your life. And since our lives are…

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