Is My Last Will and Testament Going to Be a Matter of Public Record?

This is something not many people give much thought to, but a person’s will, like most other court filings, generally becomes a matter of public record after it has been submitted to the probate court.  With few exceptions, such as juvenile court proceedings, virtually all court filings are … [Read more...]

Is a Living Trust Right for You?

Clients who want to avoid the probate process and those who want to minimize tax liability may benefit from creating a living trust to transfer property during their lifetimes while still maintaining the use and benefit of the property. What is a living trust A living trust, or inter vivos trust, … [Read more...]

Should I Use a Living Trust to Protect My Property from Probate?

A living trust can be a useful tool for keeping property out of probate if it is used wisely. An effective estate plan may use a living trust to set aside certain property for a certain beneficiary, while preserving the use of the property for yourself during your lifetime. But, transferring … [Read more...]

What Are the Differences Between a Durable Power of Attorney, a Standard Power of Attorney and a Living Trust?

Durable Power of Attorney vs. Standard Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a document that gives one person authority to act for another. A durable power of attorney is similar to a standard power of attorney in that it authorizes someone else to make personal and financial decisions for you. … [Read more...]

Which Do I Need — A Will or a Living Trust?

The short answer is both, because each document serves a different purpose.  Though we’d rather not dwell on the fact that death is inescapable, there is great peace of mind knowing that your affairs are in order. Every person, regardless of age, should be proactive and make plans for the future … [Read more...]