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How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

“My greatest fear, someone I don’t know raising my child… What if something happens to me, who is going to take care of my child?” Who Would Raise Your Children If Something Happened to You? Honestly, no one wants to think about this question. It’s an implicit reminder that we are indeed mortal, and, in…

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An Estate Plan includes A Will and Living Trust

Wills & Living Trusts – Which is Better?

  It’s not a stretch to say that given an chance, most people won’t be able to describe the difference between a Will and a Trust.  Both are potentially beneficial planning devices and serve distinctly helpful purposes for an estate.  And both Wills and Trusts are common approaches to end of life planning.  So what…

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Is your existing family protection plan enough to still protect your family?

Is a Military Will Enough Protection for my Family?   

One of the benefits of serving in the United States Military is that you have access to free legal help for things like: Powers of Attorney, Wills & Living Wills, Family care & Family Estate Plan, Survivor benefits, Estate taxes, Probate.  However, there are some very important limitations to these supports that you should be…

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The Challenges of Creating a Guardian Plan for Children

Inspired by an Article in Mom.Me “Why I Still Don’t Have a Guardian for My Child”  Sometimes you come across something that another person writes that stops you and makes you say, “yes! This is what I’ve been trying to say.”  An article written in Mom.Me (link above) recently highlighted, clearly, the work we’ve been doing…

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The Value of Proper Protection Planning

Establishing an effective planning process with your estate lawyer is very important.  Most estate lawyers will say, “Without proper planning…[fill in the blank].”  But they don’t walk you through what that means or how you will know if you’ve actually set up a proper plan.  They focus on what happens without the plan and leave…

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