ESTATE PLANNING – KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” so says the song. While it certainly can be, it is also the time of the year when family tensions, squabbles or outright fights can surface and intensify. A completely unrelated matter may open a real or perceived family wound and before you know it it’s like…

ESTATE PLANNING – IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY

In a recent survey conducted by Wealth Counsel LLC, 49% of those surveyed said they didn’t believe they had sufficient assets to warrant getting an estate plan. Fact check – FALSE There is no “required minimum” for creating an estate plan. Money is just ONE asset that can be managed within an estate plan…it need…

Estate Planning – Procrastination Then & Now

As Depeche Mode says in their iconic song, “people are people.” There is still an enormous emotional barrier to getting even basic estate planning in place (e.g. will). The reasons for procrastination have not changed much over the decades. One of the major reasons for putting it off relates to family dynamics. Conversely, “not leaving…

Estate Planning – Do I Really Need a Will?

Let’s start by answering the question “What is a Last Will and Testament?” According to Black’s Law Dictionary a will is “(1) a wish, desire, choice; (2) A document by which a person directs his or her estate to be distributed upon death.1 ” A testament is defined as “A will disposing of personal property.2…

Estate Planning – Prince v. David Bowie

As many of you may have read by now, it is believed Prince died without leaving a Will. His “estate” including his music catalog is believed to be valued at around $150 million. Without having planned, his tax burden alone may exceed $50 million (in Federal estate taxes). Prince comes from a large blended family…