Beyond the Will

  • Dying Without a Will — What’s the Worst that Can Happen?December 03, 2021

    It is very difficult for many of us to acknowledge that death is, eventually, a certainty for all of us. It’s a topic we’d like to avoid altogether, and it’s something we often avoid planning for because to plan for

  • How Appointing a Power of Attorney Can Benefit Your LifeNovember 24, 2021

    In general, estate planning benefits not only the principal’s life, but also the lives of their family members and agents. Prior planning includes wills, trusts, health care proxies, advanced health care directives and durable powers of attorney provide direction, guidelines, …

  • The Importance of Explaining Estate Plans to Your Adult ChildrenNovember 09, 2021

    Last week, my colleague Noelle Lussier provided valuable insights into avoiding probate litigation. Building off of that, with a particular emphasis on litigation concerning the validity of Wills and Trusts, one common theme that runs throughout these cases is …

  • Avoiding Probate Litigation: An Attorney’s Top 5 TipsOctober 28, 2021

    The most basic and streamlined approach to avoiding probate litigation is planning ahead. Plans may include full, comprehensive estate plans, simple transfers of real estate, the implementation of protective measures or naming agents in the event of incapacity. Individuals with …

  • Managing Your Favorites in Your Estate PlanOctober 07, 2021

    When it comes to creating your estate plan, how do you decide who to name as fiduciaries? How do you determine how to dispose of assets when you have favorite relatives? These are common issues that typically arise in situations …

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