Special Circumstances

While many think they just need a will, many differing situations result in extra planning needs. For instance, a divorce, special needs, and non-traditional relationships tend to require additional consideration in your estate plan.

Last Week in Estate Planning (August 7 to August 13, 2011)

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Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week James Brown Estate Mess Compromises His Final Wishes, Danielle Mayoras, Esq. & Andrew Mayoras, Esq., The Probate Lawyer Blog:  Famous Fortune Fights!  Read more... Even though James Brown left his $100 million estate to a special trust for needy children, his estate is still…

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Interview: Middle-Aged Person Without an Estate Plan

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Let me open by quickly sharing a favorite joke:  “What’s the difference between ignorance and indifference? I don’t know and I don’t care.” If you have thus far avoided creating an estate plan, ignorance and indifference may be two big reasons why.  Read more...

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

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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 24 to July 30, 2011)

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The possibility of the U.S. government defaulting on its obligations dominated the news last week.  Two links below, including the Post of the Week, discusses the future effects of the raised debt ceiling that is now signed law. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Making a Deal in Washington (Capital…

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5 Reasons Digital Estate Planning Hasn’t Caught On … Yet

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I got a nice note from a Boston University graduate student several weeks ago asking me to address some of her questions about digital estate planning, which in turn triggered this post.  For a summary introduction on this topic, I humbly offer these posts (Digital Assets, Part I, Digital Assets, Part II, and Steps to…

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

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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)

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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 (July 3 to July 9, 2011)

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In the previous “Last Week in Estate Planning” entries, I placed the “Post of the Week” at the bottom as a way of building suspense.  However, I have been advised that burying the lead in a blog post is perhaps imprudent. So now, the “Post of the Week” goes first, which is especially appropriate given…

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Common “Pot” Trusts: Why You Shouldn’t Treat Your Children Equally

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If you have minor children, you most likely would want them to be provided for in case something terrible happens to you and your spouse.  How would you split your assets between them? At first glance, your natural tendency is probably to respond, “equally, of course”.  For the most part, we love our children equally,…

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

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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 about.com 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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