What Are the Most Important Parts of an Estate Plan?

A last will and testament may be the first thing you think of in terms of estate planning, but other documents are just as important. In addition to a comprehensive will, your estate plan documents should include, at a minimum, a durable power of attorney and an advance directive for health … [Read more...]

What Should You Include in Your Funeral Instructions? 

The instructions you leave for your final arrangements can be as detailed as you want them to be. You can plan and pay for your funeral well in advance of your death if you choose. Some people have a few special instructions and leave the rest up to the family. Others do not have any specific … [Read more...]

Do I Really Need an Estate Plan?

Although many people think about this question from time to time, a lot of folks dismiss the idea of developing an estate plan for two reasons — they think they don’t have enough money to worry about and they think they have plenty of time to do it later. Both reasons are often incorrect. Why do I … [Read more...]

Who Has Authority to Plan a Loved One’s Funeral in Texas?

Besides the looming questions related to managing and settling your loved one’s estate, someone must take up the immediate necessity of planning the funeral or memorial service and accompanying burial, cremation or interment. But what if the family is at odds over the final arrangements? Dealing … [Read more...]

What Is Estate Planning and Why Do I Need It?

Estate planning is not just for the old and wealthy. Even if you are young and have just a few assets, an estate plan can help minimize taxes, provide for yourself and loved ones and ultimately distribute property according to your wishes when you’re gone. As your wealth grows, you can adjust your … [Read more...]

Resolve to Get Your Estate Planning Done This Year

The beginning of the year is the perfect time for setting new goals or renewing old ones. The Atlantic recently reported that forty percent of Americans will set goals for 2014 but only eight percent will achieve those goals. One primary reason we fail to achieve our goals, according to the Harvard … [Read more...]

What Will Be Your Legacy?

It is very normal to wonder who will remember you when you’re gone. Of course, your friends and family will remember you — hopefully, you’ve mended the rough patches over the years and you will be remembered fondly by those closest to you. More importantly, however, there comes a time in life … [Read more...]

One More Example of Why You Need a Will

Walter Samasko Jr., a reclusive resident of Carson City Nevada, was found dead earlier this year after neighbors reported a foul smell coming from his home.  As the house was being cleaned for sale, officials made a surprising discovery:  gold bars and coins valued at approximately $7.4 … [Read more...]