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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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Do you really need a trust?

Do you really need a trust?

I often craft estate plans without the use of a trust and achieve the exact same outcomes as if one was in place. Trusts in some circumstances are an added expense, unnecessary and over the top. My firm believes putting folks in a trust only if, it’s perfectly appropriate or absolutely needed. Whether a trust is appropriate or necessary depends on you and your families circumstances. Below is a list, à la Jeff Foxworthy, to see if a trust is…

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The Tale of the Unfunded Trust

The Tale of the Unfunded Trust

About fifty percent of the trusts that come across my desk are unfunded. Funding a trust simply means placing assets in a trust. Either by creating accounts to hold assets or by making the trust the owner of assets through titling Funding Trusts is essential to having a trust. Actually, I believe it’s the most important part of having since a trust. Since, an unfunded trust is not a trust at all, but rather a stack of papers. Here’s a…

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To Trust or Not To Trust

To Trust or Not To Trust

Under the appropriate circumstances, a revocable living trust is the perfect estate planning document. Sometimes, however they can be overkill or underused. Whether a trust is the right document for you depends much upon your assets and family circumstances. Also much depends on whether you as the maker and trustee are willing and able to do so. Here’s some things to consider before using one in your estate plan. A Trust Is Not A Will Replacement If you have a…

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