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Most documents within an estate plan involve preparing your family for the event of your passing. There is one document, however, that addresses how to handle your medical care while you’re still alive: the healthcare directive. What Is a Healthcare Directive? A healthcare directive, also known as an “advance directive,” is a legal document that...
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Divorced Men Moving Out
An estate plan outlines your final wishes in the event of your death, including covering how to divide your assets and provide for your children. Should you get divorced, you will want to update your estate plan to help protect you and your family from undesired consequences. Why Is an Estate Plan Update So Important?...
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Family
Estate planning is important for any family to help prepare for an unknown future. But, for children with special needs, estate planning is critical to financial stability and wellbeing. A bit of preparation now can save your family from making difficult decisions without understanding your wishes for your child. The Importance of Planning Ahead According...
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Living Will
Estate planning is a difficult exercise for most people. It means facing your mortality, making difficult decisions about care in your final days, and dividing your property after your death. A full estate plan takes all of this into consideration, but also incorporates items that only matter while you are living. One such item, a...
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It’s that time of year again. Thousands of parents are sending their kids off to college or to their first jobs after high school graduation. Many are looking at each other wondering where the time has gone and how the kids grew up so fast. And many wonder what to do next. While you adjust...
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Inheritance laws offer some protection to spouses, but rarely to unmarried partners, when a will and other estate planning documents do not exist. Even if you’ve drafted a contractual agreement between the two of you regarding disposition of assets, inheritance laws and other biases can affect how a judge or a relative will carry out...
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Another long cold winter has come to an end, and spring is slowly emerging. You know what that means: it is time for spring cleaning! Many people find great joy in taking the opportunity to open up the house, dust, clean, vacuum, polish and de-clutter; others see it as a massive chore. Whether you revel...
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Comedian Joan Rivers was widely known as a dog lover who adored her pets. When she passed away due to surgical complications in the fall of 2014, her dogs were by her side. They were also well provided for in her estate plan. At White & Associates, we know just how important our clients’ pets...
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If something happened to you, would your loved ones know what to do? Many people think that they’re prepared for the unexpected just because they have a will. But a complete estate plan—one that provides needed guidance to your family and friends—is much more than just a will. Depending on your needs, your estate plan...
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The snow has melted and spring has officially arrived. What does that mean? Tax season is upon us! Around this time every year, we often hear from clients who have a variety of estate planning questions that all boil down to one simple query: What can we do to limit our taxes? While we aren’t...
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