It’s hard to bring ourselves to do something we know is important, but that we don’t know how to go about doing, and it feels like we should. I envision someone at the breakfast table, coffee in hand, contemplating the day. “I really need to get this done. I can’t believe I haven’t done anything […]
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Every single adult is entitled to these basic legal protections we call estate planning. You’ve heard me ‘rant’ more than once that we need a different way to think about and talk about estate planning. And while I don’t have different vocabulary yet, I can definitely suggest lots of different ways to think about it.
What if I told you that you’re thinking about estate planning the wrong way? What if I told you that estate planning is NOT a task to dread doing, to be put off, or something ‘other people’ need? What if, instead, that first legal consult and document prep fell into the same category as being able […]
Sometimes you suspect someone might not be the right fit for a business relationship. There are a number of red flags I watch for when I hear from someone out of the blue. For me, an emphasis on or preoccupation with ‘price’ is one of them. Which gives me permission to be direct with the […]
There was one day in June when, for no nefarious reason, our office received a number of phone calls from people whose loved one had *just* passed away. It was a striking number of calls for that particular Monday – enough to inspire that day’s Daily Debrief on Facebook. You can watch it HERE. I […]
Have you heard about our Plan Preservation Program? How about the expression “we’re on it like white on rice”? Sounds like I may need to elaborate… Estate planning is not ‘One and Done.’ It’s not something you get to check off your task list for good.
Routine changes and updates to our laws are only one reason you should be reviewing your estate plans regularly with your attorney. There are numerous ways an estate plan can fail without regular ‘maintenance’ checks:
The proliferation of online estate planning tools may give you the sense that your will consists of a whole list of blank spaces, into which your attorney inserts names of your choosing, and out spew your legal documents. Like a fancy, binding game of Mad Libs. The reality is – your will, and the process […]
Estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all exercise. It’s not even a one-size-fits-most. This is how most people think estate planning goes: You meet with an attorney. They take an inventory of your family and your stuff. They hand you a big pile of documents based upon your inventory. Then they send you the bill. No […]
The challenge with family legal planning, or estate planning as they call it, is that it relies on a plan that protects your family at an unknown time, under unknown laws, utilizing unknown assets for an unknown family situation to accomplish unknown goals. And while we don’t know when you’ll need it, we know your […]