22nd Oct 2019

1. Estate planning encompasses more than just taxes and asset distribution. 2. Failing to make your wishes known through legal documents increases the likelihood of unnecessary family conflict, costs and delays. 3. Having a proper estate plan ensures efficient estate … more

1st Aug 2019

World-renowned singer Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76 in Detroit, Michigan.  Franklin’s two marriages had ended in divorce and she had four children, the first when she was only twelve years old.  She reportedly … more

12th May 2019

John Singleton, writer and director of the seminal 1991 film, Boyz n the Hood, died on April 29th at the young age of 51.  Singleton, who had reportedly been diagnosed with hypertension, suffered a stroke on April 17th and was … more

1st Mar 2019

Renowned fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, died on February 19, 2019, at the age of 85.  Lagerfeld was not married and did not have any children, but he is survived by his cat, “Choupette.”  With nearly 300,000 Instagram followers (@choupettesdiary), Choupette … more

3rd Dec 2018

> Estate planning is about much more than just who will receive your assets after death. > Proper estate planning can reduce the cost, time and likelihood of conflict when your assets are to be transferred to your loved ones. … more

4th Sep 2018

> Relying on state or federal laws to administer your estate is never advisable. > Beneficiary designations supersede the provisions of a Will or Trust. > By organizing your assets as a part of your estate planning, you can ensure … more

31st May 2018

> 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 reliable for single individuals.   > Failing to … more

1st Apr 2018

POWER POINTS > In an effective estate plan, both federal and state estate taxes must be considered. > Flexibility is essential to allow the trustee to maximize the available exemptions or defer estate tax liability for as long as possible. … more

1st Jan 2018

POWER POINTS > The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increases the estate and gift tax exemption to $11.2 million per person in 2018. > Estate plans that are outdated or fail to consider the estate tax at the state level … more

1st Dec 2017

POWER POINTS > The end of the year presents a great opportunity to review your estate plan, your newly acquired assets and the funding of your Trust. > An unfunded Trust fails to take advantage of one of the greatest … more