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Understanding how title to real estate affects your probate

When working on your estate plan, your financial planner and attorney will likely ask you the same question many times: "How is that asset titled?" How you set up your assets affects what happens to that asset after you die. Perhaps no asset is more complicated than real estate when it comes to title and transfer.

How can I protect my special collections in an estate plan?

If you are a collector, you know that it can be much more than a hobby. You know that it takes time, effort and often financial investments to research, safeguard and add to the collection. It makes sense, then, that you would want to protect your valued collection and ensure it is in good hands if you pass away or become incapacitated.

3 reasons why now is a good time to think about estate planning

Creating a will or an estate plan is something many people think of doing from time to time, but then put it off. They might not want to think about end-of-life care or they can get feel overwhelmed by the steps they feel it takes to protect their wishes and assets. 

Tips for creating a list of your assets in an estate plan

One of the most helpful tools you can provide to your loved ones in an estate plan is a detailed, updated inventory of your assets. This information can make the probate process easier to navigate, as it can prevent a personal representative from having to spend a lot of time identifying your assets and tracking them down.

What are health care proxies and what decisions do they make?

One of the most devastating calls someone can receive is one informing them that a loved one has suffered an illness or injury and is incapacitated. Seeing someone in that condition can be traumatic, and it can be very unsettling to be unable to communicate with that person.

What to think about when naming a guardian for your children

Taking care of your children is often the primary goal for parents when it comes to estate planning. Often, parents want to set aside money or property for their children, or provide critical direction when it comes to long-term and end-of-life care. 

What is a conservator?

If your parent is getting older and you are starting to notice signs of memory problems or dementia, you are likely also starting to worry about his or her future. What will happen if he or she becomes incapacitated? Who will make necessary financial and medical decisions?

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