Estate Planning Articles

Estate Planning Articles

Organizing Your Finances When Your Spouse Has Died


Losing a spouse is a stressful transition. And the added pressure of having to settle the estate and organize finances can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make dealing with these matters less difficult. Notify others When your spouse dies, your first step should be to contact anyone who is close [...]

Organizing Your Finances When Your Spouse Has Died2019-10-28T14:35:19-04:00

Trust Basics


Whether you're seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. Their power is in their versatility — many types of trusts exist, each designed for a specific purpose. Although trust law is complex and establishing [...]

Trust Basics2019-10-28T14:47:50-04:00

Understanding Probate


When you die, you leave behind your estate. Your estate consists of your assets — all of your money, real estate, and worldly belongings. Your estate also includes your debts, expenses, and unpaid taxes. After you die, somebody must take charge of your estate and settle your affairs. This person will take your estate through [...]

Understanding Probate2019-10-28T14:58:05-04:00

Estate Planning: An Introduction


By definition, estate planning is a process designed to help you manage and preserve your assets while you are alive, and to conserve and control their distribution after your death according to your goals and objectives. But what estate planning means to you specifically depends on who you are. Your age, health, wealth, lifestyle, life [...]

Estate Planning: An Introduction2019-10-28T15:02:32-04:00