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Estate Planning, Marriage and Divorce

When considering marriage or a divorce, your estate planning is likely low on the list of priorities. However, these are significant changes in a family situation that should trigger an immediate review of your existing estate planning documents or preparation … more

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The Importance of Funding Your Trust

> It is important to revisit your estate plan from time to time to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes for your family and assets.   > An unfunded Trust fails to take advantage of one of the greatest … more

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Lamar, Khloe & the Urgency of Estate Planning

> Estate planning documents should be reviewed or prepared immediately upon consideration of divorce or any other significant life event. > Divorce does not affect estate planning documents upon filing, only when the divorce is final. > With proper planning, … more

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Yes, Single People Need Estate Planning Too

> Every legal adult should ensure that his or her wishes are clearly stated in proper estate planning documents. > Safety nets available to married individuals with children are not as certain for single individuals. > Failing to plan can … 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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Paul Walker: $45 Million Estate, No Estate Planning?

Paul Walker, star of the popular The Fast and The Furious film series, died on November 30th at the young age of 40 in a high-speed car accident.  Walker was never married but was reportedly living with his girlfriend of … more

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The Mistress Gets the Condo

An issue that arises when gifting specific property by Will or Trust is whether the beneficiary is entitled to anything if the property is sold prior to the giftor’s death.  The doctrine of “ademption” provides that a bequest may only … more

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Elizabeth Edwards’ Will & Privacy

Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away on December 7, 2010, left a Will which made a significant omission.  The Will, signed on December 1, 2010, just days before her death, makes no mention of her estranged husband and former presidential candidate, … more

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