Category Archives: Estate Planning & Administration

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Today is the day to discuss your Healthcare Decisions with your loved ones

          Four Pillars Law Firm, PLLC, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Sweetheart Will?

Have you ever heard of a “Sweetheart” Last Will & Testament? Lawyers throw out that terminology quite often. It describes a Will you make wherein everything goes outright to your surviving spouse upon your passing; if your spouse predeceases you, … Continue reading

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Have You Put Off Estate Planning for Too Long?

According to a Rocket Lawyer poll, 57% of Americans say their excuse for not having a Will is that they just haven’t gotten around to making one.  The longer you put it off, though, the direr a catastrophic event could … Continue reading

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Trusts Aren’t Just for the Wealthy Anymore!

Many clients who initially come to visit me regarding their estate plan say “I need a Will” or “I need to update my existing Will.”  They automatically assume that since they don’t have a taxable estate (since the estate exemption … Continue reading

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Funding Final Expenses

No one likes to think about or discuss the “elephant in the room,” but we all know the familiar adage “there’s nothing certain but death and taxes.”  Despite the certainty of death, most Americans don’t plan for it.  Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Do You Have an Inheritance “Right”

Ever seen the bumper sticker that says “I’m spending my children’s inheritance”?  You may have laughed about it when you saw it, but would you still be laughing if it were true? Most children believe they will receive some form … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRA’s not Bankruptcy-Protected

In a sweeping decision in Clark v. Rameker, the U.S. Supreme Court held that funds in an inherited IRA are not protected in bankruptcy.  The Court’s analysis focused on key legal distinctions between the type of IRA you set up … Continue reading

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Asset Protection Amid Creditors

Many people only contemplate the need for asset protection when they find themselves amid the call of creditors.  The sad truth, however, is that there is normally very little to be done.  Trying to protect assets from current and known … Continue reading

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My Parents Were Unprepared for a Health Crisis (But Fortunately, Four Pillars Was There to Help)

In September of 2011, I dropped by my parents’ house for quick overnight visit.  I had been there less than a month earlier, and at that time, our Dad exhibited some of the forgetfulness one expects with an aging parent.  … Continue reading

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Fortunately, My Parent Planned Ahead

I was blessed with wonderful parents who were married for 63 years.  Years ago, they wrote a standard will.  After my Mom passed away in 2011, my Dad, an active, independent 80-year-old in relatively good physical and mental health, decided … Continue reading

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