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What you need to compliment your will


Originally posted on 02/08/2017

A document reading living trust and estate planning sits on an attorney's desk next to a gavel.Making end-of-life plans usually end with a will, but they shouldn't.

Some believe that simply having a will is enough. However, this post will briefly explain how having other estate planning documents in addition to a will can help in making things easier when it comes to transferring money, assets, and property. Keep reading to learn more about your estate planning options.

A Durable Power of Attorney

This document enables someone you trust to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated. Indeed, things are different when you pass away; but before that, it is helpful to have a power of attorney to ensure that your affairs are properly handled. 

A Healthcare Directive

While a power of attorney applies to legal and financial decisions, a health care directive allows someone you trust to make health care decisions on your behalf. A health care directive is critical when you have family members who may have decision-making power, but do not know how to communicate effectively.

Partner with an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney Who Knows What Your Will Needs

So as you embrace a new way of living to lose weight, you should not lose sight of ways to ensure that your estate is secure. Bring your estate planning questions to an experienced attorney.

What to Do When Homeowners Insurance Denies Your Claim

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What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

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PROBATE 51: Trust filed a petition to determine title to credit union account.

The probate court explained that the owners of the account are S and J. When S passes, J becomes the owner of the account. J is the one who had the authority to make the designation. Nowhere in any documents is there a designation by J that SJ be the owner -- or the beneficiary of the account. The designation made by his father was no longer binding because he was no longer the owner at the time J passed away.

Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent

Originally posted on 07/19/2017 While the “right to remain silent” represents one of your most inalienable rights, many people have a few misconceptions about how it works. Many people receive their understanding of this...

Arrests made by tracking cell phones may be illegal

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Could I lose my job over a drunk driving arrest?

Originally posted on 01/20/2017 When potential clients ask us questions about criminal defense representation (particularly for drunk driving offenses) one of the most common is whether they will lose their job.  Naturally, this...

FAMILY LAW 77: Court awarded plaintiff sole legal custody; defendant was unwilling to work with plaintiff.

For joint custody to work, parents must be able to agree with each other on basic issues in child rearing including health care, religion, education, day to day decision making and discipline and they must be willing to cooperate with each other in joint decision making. If two equally capable parents are unable to cooperate and to agree generally concerning important decisions affecting the welfare of their children, the court has no alternative but to determine which parent shall have sole custody of the children.

CRIMINAL 19: Sentencing guidelines are advisory.

The sentencing guidelines are advisory, and although a trial court must determine the applicable guidelines range and take it into account when imposing a sentence, the court is not required to sentence a defendant within that range.

Basic responsibilities of an executor

Originally posted on 01/11/2017 The emotional toils of dealing with the death of a loved one can be considerably difficult. Nevertheless, perseverance is paramount; especially if you are appointed to be an executor to one’s...

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