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Can I Make Estate Plans Without My Spouse?

The American family has changed quite a bit over the last few decades, and assumptions that a couple will share bank accounts, tax obligations or even last names can be thrown out the window.

Nowadays, there are plenty of options for couples to keep finances, identities and future plans separate. But what about when it comes...
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What If No One Wants My Belongings?

A critical question to ask yourself when creating an estate plan is who will get your personal belongings when you pass on?

While most people think about who they would like to receive the major items—homes, retirement accounts, savings—personal property such as jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, vehicles, and other possessions are often overlooked. The truth is...
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How to Include Noncitizens in Your Estate Plan

With our society becoming increasingly mobile and international travel becoming more affordable than ever before, families and family-like relationships have steadily grown far more diverse in terms of citizenship.

It is no longer uncommon for spouses from different countries to retain citizenship in their native countries. Many couples split their time between the United States and...
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Severing Joint Ownership of Property: What You Need to Know

One of the most common forms of property ownership in the United States is joint tenancy with rights of survivorship (JTWROS or joint tenancy).

But what is joint tenancy? Joint tenancy is a legal right to property that provides the owner an undivided right to the enjoyment of the property. In other words, one joint tenant...
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