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Common Concerns in Estate Planning

Posted by Bridget Murray | May 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

here are certain questions that every estate planning attorney knows will be asked the first time they sit down with clients. Understanding them makes the process easier. Probate is one of a handful of questions that are routinely asked by clients new to the estate planning process. Figuring out...

You Still Need a Will

Posted by Bridget Murray | Apr 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

No Kids? You Still Need a Will. Whether you are single, married, have kids or no kids, you still need a will to distribute your assets upon your death, unless you want the state to make all decisions for you. A recent Gallup survey reported in Yahoo Finance, “Estate Planning Is Important for Pe...

Step by Step Guide to Settling an Estate

Posted by Bridget Murray | Feb 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

For some people, the details of settling an estate provide a welcome distraction from grief, while others find the tasks overwhelming. Regardless of the emotions, there are certain tasks that must be taken care of in a timely manner when settling an estate. The process generally takes about a yea...

Who really owns what?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Aug 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

I periodically have clients come in who are married couples, but for one reason or another have held their real property and bank accounts in separate names for their entire marriage.  Now it is time to do estate planning, and I often suggest the use of a Revocable Living Trust.   Revocable Livi...

What to Do When the Unthinkable Occurs

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

You know that someday you and your spouse will die. But when you are young, it simply doesn't seem possible. Here are some tips for coping with an unexpected loss of a spouse. There are many different kinds of grief, but when a spouse dies at an exceptionally young age, it is hard to know how to...

Could My Children Handle Their Inheritance Wisely?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

How to Plan for Adult Children When Not All Are Responsible Adults We love our children equally, but we recognize that they handle money differently. Can we protect the ones who lack financial discipline from squandering their inheritance? Few families can say that all of their adult children a...

Revocable Trusts -- What are they and do I need one?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Understanding How Revocable Trusts Are Used In Estate Planning The use of trusts in estate planning is not just for Rockefeller-sized estates. However, knowing the correct trust to use and when certain changes need to be made requires the help of an experienced estate planning attorney to achiev...

Blended Families -- How will the Estate Plan work?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

Strategies for Successful Estate Planning for Blended Families Maintaining the integrity of a blended family after one of the spouses passes requires strong estate planning so that inheritance battles don't destroy what often takes years to build. When a spouse passes or a divorce occurs in a b...

Do I really need an attorney?

Posted by Bridget Murray | Jun 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

We've lost track of how many things in our lives are now easier because they are available online. But certain things – like wills, trusts and estate planning tools – require more than just downloading a form. Using an online legal site may be a useful way to get a look at the fundamentals invol...

Seniors Advised to be Wary of Unscrupulous Salespeople

Posted by Bridget Murray | Feb 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

Be wary of any salesperson who stands to profit handsomely from an investment transaction. The stakes are too high to gamble away your nest egg. Here's a cautionary tale: the husband of a retired high school teacher who thought he was going to protect his investment was instead the victim of an ...

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