Studies are conducted periodically to gain an understanding of the estate planning preparedness of adults in the United States. Unfortunately, the results are never encouraging. Most people that are over 65 have a will or some other estate planning document, but a significant percentage of people in this age group do not. The vast majority of Americans that are under the age of 40 are completely unprepared. If you are a young adult and you are single, you should have a will or a trust, but … [Read more...] about Estate Planning: Make Today the Day
by Attorney Maggie A. LaBranch-Gonzales Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law If you’ve heard me speak in our seminars or workshops, or you’ve had the pleasure of meeting with me at the office, I can imagine you hearing my voice right now (kindly) reminding you that we all die. (Way to be blunt, right, Maggie?) But, seriously, for me, the most important part of Estate Planning is not necessarily what happens when you’ve passed away, but whether you are adequately … [Read more...] about COVID-19 aka the Coronavirus: A Reminder to be Prepared
by Justin M. Kennedy, Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law A Living Trust only has the authority to manage the assets titled in the name of the Trust; assets not titled in the name of the Living Trust cannot be managed by the Trust. Retitling assets into the name of the Living Trust is known as Funding. Funding your assets into the Living Trust is very important to ensure that the Trust has control over those assets. Assets properly titled in the name of the Living … [Read more...] about What Assets Should Not be Funded into a Living Trust?
by Justin M. Kennedy, Attorney at Law Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law Recently I met with a client, Tammy, who wanted to immediately gift her home to her son, Eugene. Even though Tammy already had a comprehensive estate plan with our office that included a Living Trust, Tammy had talked with her friends who suggested gifting the home now was in her best interests. When I asked more questions, Tammy shared that one of her friends, Mike, had died without a Living Trust … [Read more...] about Gift Now or Let Them Inherit?
If you would like to learn more about revocable living trusts, attend one of our free living trust seminars: https://www.attorneyoffice.com/seminars/ … [Read more...] about Why Would I Want a Revocable Living Trust?
You have choices when planning your estate. You are not required to utilize a last will to direct the distribution of your assets after your death. Instruments such as revocable living trusts are viable options and they are not exclusively for the wealthy. Your estate must be probated when you use a last will as your primary asset transfer vehicle. Probate comes with considerable costs. Depending on the overall value of your estate and its relative complexity, the costs associated with … [Read more...] about Estate Planning – You Have Choices
If you do not have an estate plan – or if your estate plan consists only of a basic will – you may not be adequately protecting your family against probate and estate taxes. Without proper planning, your family could lose a large portion of your estate to probate fees and estate taxes, even if you have a will… Setting Up a Living Trust is One of the Most Important Things You Can Do for Yourself and for Your Family During Your Lifetime A Living Trust will transfer your estate to your … [Read more...] about Join Us for Our Last Two Free Living Trust Seminars of 2016
Studies show that a majority of American adults do not have a complete and cogent estate plan in place. Failing to plan ahead for death and the likelihood of incapacity in our later years can be costly, both emotionally and financially. Many people do not have an estate plan because they don't understand the importance of estate planning. We will highlight some of the key reasons why estate planning is essential in this blog. Avoiding Intestacy If you pass away without any estate … [Read more...] about Why is Estate Planning Important in 2016?