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Keep Relatives From Fighting Over Your Estate Plan

By Samuel Ford Law |

One of the main goals in creating an estate plan, is to create a plan that minimizes or hopefully eliminates completely, the risk of fighting between your relatives and beneficiaries when you are gone. Contesting wills and trusts between relatives who feel they did not receive what they should have, does happen. But there… Read More »

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Study Shows We’re Not Doing So Well At Getting Our Estate Plans Done

By Samuel Ford Law |

By now it should come as no surprise: estate planning is important. And we live in an age of social media, where messages like that one, can get out to the general public. But despite all the ways information gets out, you may be surprised to learn that when it comes to estate planning,… Read More »

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Don’t Forget That Letter Of Last Instruction

By Samuel Ford Law |

Most of the documents that you will draft when creating your estate plan, will leave your assets or property to beneficiaries. But there is one document that isn’t for that purpose, but which is no less important than everything else in your estate plan. It’s called a letter of last instruction. Think of the… Read More »

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Separation, Legal Separation, And Your Estate

By Samuel Ford Law |

It would be ideal and easy, from a probate standpoint, if people were either married, or divorced. But reality says otherwise, because often, people separate—they are, for all practical purposes, divorced, and treat and consider themselves as such, but there is no legal document dissolving the marriage, at least, not yet. But because some… Read More »

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What Does A Trust Protector Do?

By Samuel Ford Law |

One of the great things about setting up a trust, is the ability to include conditions on who gets the assets of the trust, and when. So, for example, you could leave money to someone only if they graduate college, or money to someone so long as they continue to remain disabled, or money… Read More »

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Strategies To Pay For Long Term Care

By Samuel Ford Law |

If you’re creating an estate plan, you don’t have to only plan for when you are gone. Part of estate planning includes paying for long term care: a time when you may be alive, but be in need of long term or nursing home care. Because of the significant expense of such care, it… Read More »

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Your Business In Probate: What Happens To It?

By Samuel Ford Law |

If you are creating an estate plan, one asset that needs to be considered, if you have it, is your business. But a business isn’t like a house or a car; you can’t just easily leave it to whomever you designate. State laws say what happens to a company when you pass, and to… Read More »

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Inflation And Your Estate Plan

By Samuel Ford Law |

Unlike many other areas of the law that deal with contracts or documents, estate planning is unique in that while the documents you draft are effective once they are legally executed, they may not be needed, or used, for years. Looking to the Future Even if the person making the estate plan is at… Read More »

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Using A Right Of Occupancy Trust

By Samuel Ford Law |

Many of us have or expect to have real property as part of our estate, to leave to our loved ones. And those loved ones, once they inherit, have the right to do what they want with the property that you leave them. But what if you don’t want that to happen? What if… Read More »

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Avoiding Challenges Of Undue Influence When Making Your Estate Plan

By Samuel Ford Law |

When our parents or other loved ones get older, they start to need our help more and more. And one thing that you may want to help elderly relatives with, is creating an estate plan. The advice and push to have older relatives create an estate plan, is a smart idea. But what many… Read More »

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