Say a Little Prayer: Aretha Franklin Had No Will, and a Child With Special Needs

According to court documents, legendary singer Aretha Franklin did not have a will when she died, despite reportedly having a son with special needs. The lack of a will opens up the intensely private singer’s estate to public scrutiny and unnecessary costs, and means...

A Trust for Olivia, Riley, Samantha and Albert? Why Every Pet Parent Needs to Consider a Pet Trust Today

Estate planning is about protecting what’s important to you. Although much of the traditional estate planning conversation focus on surviving spouses, children, grandchildren, many pet parents wonder about what could happen to their “feathered children” after their...

Don’t Make These Common, Expensive Mistakes: How to Leave Assets to Minor Children

Most parents want to make sure their children are provided for in the event something happens to them while the children are still minors. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and good friends sometimes want to leave gifts to beloved young children too. Unfortunately, good...

Do You Own Rental Property? How Proactive, Comprehensive Estate Planning Can Help

A comprehensive estate plan should address all of your assets, and if you own rental property it should include appropriate asset protection considerations. For most people, an estate plan must include three common categories: (1) your home; (2) financial accounts,...

Four Reasons Why Estate Planning Isn’t Just for the Top 1 Percent

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) is now officially law. Both the House and Senate passed the new tax reform bill in December with straight party-line votes and no support from Democrats. President Trump signed it into law right before Christmas. It is the first...

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