Category Archives: Estate Planning & Administration

Online Estate Planning? Things to Think About

Call me old-fashioned, but I think estate planning should involve a personalized and continuing relationship, not a transaction.

While some may prefer to use low-cost websites or software because they are more concerned about price than value, think about what they won't be getting. Can LegalZoom or other online providers:
  • Look you in the eye or shake your hand?
  • ...
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My Loved One Has Died: As Their Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?

You just found out that your favorite aunt, Aunt Melba, has died. In the midst of your grief and sadness, you receive a notice from the attorney handling Aunt Melba's affairs stating that you are a beneficiary. Your best friend advises you to get an attorney. What should you do? Will Aunt Melba's attorney help...

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What to Do If You Can’t Find Your Loved One’s Documents

If a loved one has recently died or become mentally incapacitated, finding the person’s estate planning documents is essential.

The estate planning process and associated documents are critical to making decisions on the loved one’s behalf, gaining access to accounts, and discovering your deceased loved one’s wishes regarding how to distribute the individual’s money and property....
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My Loved One Has Died – What Do I Do Now?

When a family member or other loved one dies, grief and shock can sometimes be overwhelming.

The last thing most people want to think about is making phone calls or funeral arrangements. Some things do not need to be done immediately, but there are some steps that should be taken soon after the loss of your...
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