Outdated Estate Plans Lead To Nasty Surprises

Imagine a 90-year-old man named Jerry. He’s a sharp and thorough gentleman, so naturally, he locked down his estate plan years ago. His has it all — the will, the trusts, the healthcare directives, the powers of attorney, you name it. Attorneys, financial planners, and family members have all reviewed his documents, and they’ve approved. No stone is still unturned. …

You Can Take Control At The End Of Your Life. But How?

In an empowering new article that’s chock-full of great estate planning advice, PBS reminds aging Americans that only one person gets to decide what happens in the last years of your life, and that’s you… provided that you take action now. View image | gettyimages.com Estate planning is the only way to ensure that your wishes will be carried out …

Death With Dignity?

California has recently moved forward with legislation which would allow terminally ill people to choose to end their lives. (Here) The legislation still awaits approval from the California State Assembly and must be signed by Governor Brown in order to become law, but the initial steps have brought this issue back to the public eye. Similar pushes are being urged …

The Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

The Wall Street Journal pulled together a panel last month in order to tackle the biggest estate planning mistakes hampering everyday Americans. View image | gettyimages.com Indeed, one of the biggest mistakes is the belief among those everyday Americans that estate planning isn’t for them. It’s a message that our colleagues and we echo again and again: virtually everyone needs …

Advance Healthcare Directives for Dementia: Don’t Feed Me?

As people age, they often choose to make decisions while they’re still healthy about what should happen should they fall terminally ill. These advance healthcare directives are just one part of an overall estate plan, and they are increasingly popular as aging parents try to spare their loved ones from future uncertainty and heartache. Typically, advance directives may decline things …

Estate Planning in Arizona: When a Will Just Isn’t Enough

Life isn’t easy. In truth, neither is death. Planning for your passing is hard work, but if you neglect it, the loved ones you leave behind will be forced to pick up the slack (sometimes paying a pretty penny to do so). The New York Times recently ran an article about how surprisingly complicated even seemingly “basic” estate planning can …