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Account Beneficiaries: Why You Should Review Them Regularly

How your accounts are owned has a big impact on your estate plan.

The main objective is usually to ensure that no accounts and property are in only your name when you die.

When property is owned by only one person, they go into probate upon that person’s death. This is a costly, public, and time-consuming court...
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When Equal Isn’t Necessarily Fair in Estate Planning

Equality is a noble concept and one many people turn to when deciding how to divide up their estate.

There are many circumstances in which equal distribution of assets among beneficiaries is the right choice, but there are some cases where identical inheritances do not make the most sense. In such situations, the difference between what...
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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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