Tag Archives: Outdated Documents

Spectrum of Withdrawal Limitations

> Trusts allow for withdrawal limitations ranging from common to creative. > Overly-specific requirements may burden the family and trustee and be struck down if they violate public policy. > Understanding and anticipating the practical administration of the estate prior … more

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The Death of Whitney’s Daughter

> Outdated estate planning documents can be as dangerous as not having an estate plan at all. > A proper estate plan should provide significant asset protection and oversight for your beneficiaries. > A change in your family or financial … more

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Flaws in Drafting Can Be Very Expensive—Herbert’s Story

This is the story of a man named Herbert who made one crucial mistake in his estate planning.1 Although Herbert is the main character of the story, it is his surviving family members who are left to clean up the … more

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Resolve to Plan Like Joan Rivers

POWER POINTS + Though her death was unexpected, Joan Rivers was prepared and took the responsible step of having a current estate plan. + Your estate plan can include your wishes for your health, assets, funeral or burial, loved ones … more

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Robin Williams Understood the Importance of Estate Planning

POWER POINTS + Your estate plan can remain private and avoid court involvement when drafted and maintained properly. + Have an ongoing relationship with your advisor; a proper estate plan is not something you should stick in the closet and … more

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Choosing the Right Trustee for You and Your Family

POWER POINTS + Your choice of trustee can be the most important factor in efficient administration, conflict avoidance and asset protection. + It is important to understand the powers and responsibilities of the trustee, particularly as they relate to unexpected … more

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The Costs of Procrastinating on Your Estate Planning

POWER POINTS: Estate planning encompasses more than just taxes and asset distribution. Failing to make your wishes known through legal documents increases the likelihood of unnecessary family conflict, costs and delays. Having a proper estate plan ensures efficient estate administration. … more

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Questionable Estate Plan

Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan home on February 2nd from an apparent drug overdose.  Hoffman was 46 years old and was not married but had three minor children with his girlfriend, Marianne O’Donnell.  He left … more

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How to Accidentally Leave a Gift to Your Ex-Spouse

An individual should review his or her estate planning any time there is a significant change in his or her family or financial situation.  This includes not only the Will, Revocable Living Trust and Powers of Attorney, but also beneficiary … more

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The Estate of “Tony Soprano”

James Gandolfini, the actor who played “Tony Soprano” on the acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos, passed away suddenly at the age of 51 in Rome, Italy on June 19, 2013.  Gandolfini left behind a wife, two minor children and an … more

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