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Category Archives: Estate Planning & Administration
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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