Archive for the 'Living-Will' Category

Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett Estate Plan Wake Up Call

By Steven J. Fromm, J.D. In the wake of the sad and tragic deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, we are all reminded how fragile our lives can be and how quickly things can change. The death of these two iconic figures should be a call to many to put their estate plan in […]

Capacity to Write a Will

By Ken LaMance A will is a document written during the life of a person, which expresses what that person (the testator) wants done with his or her property after death. Because writing a will is such a personal and important decision, the law has enacted some safeguards to ensure that the testator is acting […]

Writing a Will The Basics

By Antony Heywood It appears that only about 50% of people over the age of thirty years of age have written a will. If you haven’t written a will then your estate (property, shares, cash, pets, etc.,) could either end up in the hands of the state or take years to reach the intended beneficiaries. […]

Living Trust Documents Declaration of Trust Property and Power of Attorney What is Needed Part 2

By Robert Olson Once you create your Living Trust Documents, you are not done. There are several supporting documents that must be drafted and signed along with the trust agreement. Each one of these documents plays an important role depending on the facts and circumstances of the trust Grantor and his or her life. In […]

Writing Your Last Will and Testament 5 Tips to Help You

By Robert Olson If there is one thing I have learned as an estate planning attorney over the last 15 years is you can be writing your last will and testament. There is no magic to writing a basic will and I am going to give you 5 simple tips to get you going. But […]

Do it Yourself Living Trust Be Careful

By Robert Olson If you are thinking about a do it yourself living trust from the internet, I would advise you to be careful. While some products and books from the internet are good, there are some that could give you results you didn’t expect. I have seen articles from attorneys suggesting that you always […]

Family Trusts Do You Need One?

By George Dickerman Not every family needs a trust. This brief article describes what a simple trust is, its advantages, and whether one is necessary for you. The main purpose of a trust is to save your loved ones the headache of having to go through the probate court process when you pass away. Depending […]