Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is one of the common forms used as part of the estate planning process. The “principal” is the person who is creating the power of attorney, or authorizing the power. The attorney-in-fact is the person the principal is giving...

Probate Basics

Probate is the court process that authorizes a personal representative to transfer a deceased person’s property. Two important determining factors on if a person’s estate needs to go through probate are: 1) did the person own real property in their name...

Estate Planning – Taking Care of Your Pets

Have you thought about what will happen with your money, assets, house, etc. when you pass away? What about what will happen with your pets? A dog owner in Tennessee made sure his dog, Lulu, will live out her life luxuriously after leaving her $5 million of his...

Is Your Estate Planning Current?

If you have taken the first step and had your estate planning documents (i.e. will, power of attorney, health care directive) drafted, you are off to a great start. However, have you had life changing events since drafting those documents? Have many years passed...

Who Needs a Will?

Have you thought about getting a will drafted? Have you wondered if it would be worthwhile for you to have a will prepared by an attorney? If you haven’t asked yourself these questions yet, it’s something you should be asking now, as it is never too soon to execute a...

Would a Trust Fit into your Estate Plan?

A trust is not just for the rich, a trust can be a valuable estate planning tool for many different people. A person may want to set up a trust if they have minor children or grandchildren that they want to leave money to and want to ensure the money is there for the...