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


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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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 21 to August 27, 2011)


One thing I enjoy about most of the top estate planning blogs is that they go to the trouble of citing others’ fine work.  In this week’s top 10 posts and articles, you will find several examples of this praiseworthy practice. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Be Mindful of…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 31 to August 6, 2011)


As stated here, the reason this blog showcases the excellent posts and articles about estate planning is an attempt to make the topic more accessible and less intimidating.  However, it has been suggested that I am linking to far too many sources each week, and that this fact actually works against the original goal.  Read…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 17 to July 23, 2011)


One of my favorite passages in literature comes from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII, by poet John Donne, written in 1624:  Read more...

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 10 to July 16, 2010)


When the best in online reading on estate planning involves traditional Jewish stews, baseball, and a lawsuit involving the inability of an apparently dead person to refinance her mortgage, you know it’s going to be a fun week. Enjoy these posts and articles that I thought were the most interesting and helpful during the week…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (June 17 to June 25, 2011)


While reviewing last week’s blogs and articles, imagine the fantastic surprise I got when I saw Julie Garber’s recent “Estate Planning Roundup” article on blog commending this blog.  That’s really some compliment — I have always thought her blog is one of the best, especially in terms of timely information and readability.  She has…

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Don’t Have $5 Million? 50 Reasons to Get an Estate Plan Anyway


“Estate Planning” is somewhat of a misnomer.  For example, let’s check out The Free Dictionary’s definition of “estate”. You’ll find that the majority of the 8 provided definitions associate the term either with land or with some kind wealth, social position, or political power.  Read more...

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A Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Primer


You may have heard reference to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the news lately.  In this post, we will briefly explain DOMA, recent Presidential and Congressional reaction, and the potential effects moving forward. The Current Law DOMA is essentially based on three provisions in Federal law:  Read more...

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