Getting Started

People generally avoid estate planning. Here, we discuss ways to find a lawyer, as well as newer options including virtual law offices and do-it-yourself planning, to hopefully motivate you to get started.

Interview: Young Adult With Digital Assets But No Will

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It has been said that young adults without significant assets do not need a will.  In response, I present an interview with my friend “F”. F is in her mid-20s.  She has full-time employment and also runs a side photography business.  She is single and childless, but she has a serious boyfriend.  Her divorced parents…

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Why Should Estate Planning Be A Priority For Me?

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Excuse me; may I interrupt your self-imposed blog posting hiatus? Sure, what’s up? You once said that every adult needs an estate plan.  Isn’t that a bunch of hooey?  I mean, if you go to a financial planner, you hear “everyone needs a financial plan.”  If you go to an insurance salesman, you hear that…

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Estate Planning and Optometry Are Quite Different … Or Are They?

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The very glasses that provided “insight”.  Enhanced image by Krysteena Marie Photography. So over the weekend, my glasses broke.  As displayed in the accompanying picture, the top half of the frames are made of metal while each lens is held in by a small elastic band. The glasses lost a battle with my knee and…

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20 Annoying Things About Being an Estate Planning Attorney

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No, for the most part, we don’t starve.  These may also have a “First World Problems” vibe as well.  But as you read the following list, maybe, just maybe, you’ll laugh and perhaps shed a tear too: 1.  The Binding Struggle Pictured to the right.  Choices include 3-ring binders, staples, wire, coil, comb-binding, velo-binding, spiral…

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Why Many Estate Planning Lawyers Don’t Quote Fees Before Meeting You

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So you finally get the gumption to call an estate planning lawyer.  You’ve done your research, asked friends for referrals, and then you make contact with the lawyer.  But when you ask what the lawyer charges, he or she won’t give you a straight answer. This is frustrating.  Is the lawyer trying to hide something? …

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Last Month in Estate Planning (October 2011)

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The following is a summary of popular topics discussed in estate planning blogs and articles last month. Federal Estate and Gift Tax Updates The IRS announced that for 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion will increase to $5,120,000 (it was $5 million in 2011).  As Julie Garber of about.com notes, this means that the lifetime…

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Single? Have Less Than $1 Million? Why You Still Need an Estate Plan

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It is certainly easy for the estate planning lawyer to say that every adult needs at least a will.  But if we think about it, does the single person with few assets really need an estate plan at all?  Read more...

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Estate Planning Law as a Career: 5 Barriers to Success

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On occasion, I receive an email or a phone call from a new attorney asking me about estate planning as a career.  I think it is a wonderful focus for a practice – you can really make a positive impact on a family, you are helping others face issues they otherwise would avoid, and your…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 4 to September 10, 2011)

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So I just saw “Contagion”, the movie released last week about the effects of a global pandemic.  While it certainly had a “could this really happen” feel to it, it also produced skeptical “who is going to profit from scaring the public due to the depicted realism” thoughts as well.  Read more...

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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 28 to September 3, 2011)

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Now that all the earthquakes, hurricanes, and back-to-school preparations appear to be out of the way, we can get back to some good ol’ estate planning reading! Much of last week’s best works seem to have come from traditional media resources.  Take a look: Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week…

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