Your Estate Plan Should Also Consider Your Digital Assets

Do you have a plan in place to protect all of your assets following your death? Before you answer, consider this: social media and cloud computing have changed the way most people do business. Personal and professional information about you may be available on the internet through websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogs. […]

Protecting the Financial Health of a Surviving Spouse

On average, women in the United States live five years longer than men do. Up to 70 percent of the women who are part of the baby boomer generation are expected to outlive their spouses. In fact, the trend has already begun. In 2006, there were approximately two million baby boomer widows. As the 78-million […]

A Living Will May Still Leave Loved Ones With Questions

The concept of creating living wills began about 50 years ago. A living will is a document that outlines your exact medical treatment wishes should you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to express those wishes. The subject often gains national attention when a family disagrees regarding how to care for a loved one who unexpectedly […]

Merely Creating a Will is Not Always a Sufficient Estate Plan

Many people create a simple will and feel they have provided for their loved ones and heirs. Although they can potentially be valuable estate planning tools, wills also have many shortcomings. Because a will is essentially a list of instructions regarding how a decedent’s assets should be distributed, it normally has little value until the […]

The Role of Incapacity in Estate Planning

Because people are living longer, their chances of incapacity before they die has increased dramatically in recent years. Recognizing the potential for incapacitation as part of your estate plan is important in order to avoid unnecessary legal battles and guardianship proceedings (sometimes called “living probate”). If the capacity of an individual was unclear at the […]