Should I do a Will or Trust

Should I do a will or trust

This question of a will or trust comes up all of the time when it comes to estate planning. Unfortunately, many attorneys and other professionals try to cram and squish this very subjective square peg into an objective round hole with a sledgehammer. The fact is that there is no simple “one-size-fits-all” number answer to […]

Charity Minefields in Estate Planning

Charities-in-Estate-Planning-Image-of-Attorney-with-questioning-look-in-front-of-warning-sign-about-mines

Giving to charities through gifting and estate planning can provide may rewards, and not just a good feeling knowing you are helping others. There are plenty of tax breaks that can come along with being charitable. However, there are also several minefields that can unintentionally hurt you and your loved ones if the transition isn’t […]

Schedule A is Missing

Schedule A is Missing

You know a plan is broken into a thousand-piece puzzle when the pages of the trust were taken out of the binder, put back out of order, and some pages are missing. But what happens when the “all-important” (sarcasm inserted here) Schedule A is one of those missing pages? It turns out in California that […]

Should I Make My Parents Trustees?

Should I Make My Parents Trustees

One of the most important decisions you can make in estate planning is choosing the right trustees. A frequent question that comes up when speaking with my clients who have younger children is whether or not to name their own parents as trustees. They often believe that naming someone older than them is not a […]

How Much Is An Estate Plan?

Estate Planning Costs

When approaching something new and unfamiliar, people tend to think of things like estate planning in the simplest terms possible. However, it’s not like going to the grocery store to buy a gallon of milk where there may be some small differences, but by and large, there is not much of a price difference and […]

Unnecessary Trust Provisions

Unnecessary Trust Provisions

And One BIG Reason to Keep Them Anyway “But this doesn’t apply to us!” It’s common enough to see lots of language in trusts and other legal documents that are ‘boilerplate’ that should stay in anyway. In this blog, I review some of the most commonly questioned provisions and why they should be kept anyway, […]

Preview of “Estate Planning Basics” Audiobook

Estate Planning Basics

The keystone to our law office’s estate planning process is my book Estate Planning Basics, provided as required reading for every Estate Strategy Session with clients wishing to discuss their estate planning goals. That in combination with filling out a basic questionnaire means our clients don’t waste our valuable time together with me transcribing names, […]

Should A Law Firm Be Your Trustee?

Trustee

This is actually a question that came up in a Reddit Format, so we’re going to go ahead and go through the question and some of the comments. Executor and Alternate Trustee – “We’re working with a law firm to create a living trust. We are having a hard time choosing an executor and alternate trustee. […]

Who Should Be Your Trustee?

Revocable Living Trust Trustee

And The One Thing You Should NEVER Do One of the most important estate planning items on your checklist is choosing the right trustees to handle things if you become incapacitated or pass on. But how do you go about choosing them? Should you pick an attorney? Your children? Your best friend? I go through […]

Will Bank Honor Pre-Arranged Payments After Death?

Pre-arranged payments

Pre-Arranged Payments – Simple Solution It seems like there should be a simple solution, but often the simplest solutions have the most complex ramifications and pitfalls. In this blog, I review two posts from Reddit about different options to make sure critical transfers or payments from an account will continue even after death. But can […]