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Brandon Estate Attorney Answers, “Do you need a Last Will & Testament or a Revocable Living Trust?”

The Last Will and Testament and Revocable Living Trust are the most common documents used in estate planning. They are both legal documents that you can use to provide instructions about what happens to your assets upon your death. But, even though they can do the same thing, they are used for very different purposes. Unless you are a Brandon Estate Attorney and you
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Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms: I Can’t Afford a Lawyer

I hear it pretty regularly – “I can’t afford a lawyer” so I’m just going to do this myself.  After all, it’s just a form, right?  Well, maybe. I understand that going to an estate planning or elder law attorney can be expensive.  Depending on what you need, if you are single or married, if you have children or they are grown, the fees
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Why a “Do It Yourself Will” becomes more expensive in the long-run

A ‘Do It Yourself Will’ may be an inexpensive route, but… A potential client called my office to discuss the probate of her mother’s home now that the mother has passed away.  She told me how she prepared a Will for her mother to sign (she’s not an attorney or paralegal – she just used a form she found on the Internet) and how
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(Un)Married with Children

Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage?  Maybe not. There have been many reports over the last year discussing the increase in the number of couples that are living together, having children and are not married.  I would venture to guess that more than half of those couples do not have an estate plan.  I say this because statistics show that
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Top 10 Reasons People Procrastinate about Estate Planning

Are you guilty, as most American adults are, of putting off your estate planning? As an estate planning attorney, I’ve heard all of the excuses as to why — They are intimidated by the process. Estate planning does not have to be intimidating – you just need to know what to expect. Most attorneys will have you fill out a questionnaire that lists your
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Durable Power of Attorney – Why does your eighteen year old need one?

Do you have children that have turned eighteen or about to turn eighteen? Do you have children that are in college or on their way to college? A few things every parent should know when your child turns 18 Did you realize that once your child turns eighteen your rights as their parent cease to exist (and this also applies to the parent of
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Should I draft my own estate planning documents?

You’ve seen the commercials with OJ Simpson’s attorney telling you to go to a certain website, put in some information, and you can prepare your own estate planning documents with the click of a mouse.  And I say – absolutely, go ahead and do that. Why would I say that?  Because, chances are very good that you will need my services when, at some
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Gun Ownership & Estate Planning

I recently read an article by Mark Albertson entitled “Estate Planning for Gun Owners” which I think is mandatory reading for anyone who owns a gun.  I have had quite a few people over the last year contact me inquiring about a “gun trust” and how they could go about setting up such a trust.  If you are a gun owner, you should make
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Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

Estate Planning for LGBT couples Estate planning for “non-traditional” families is a very relevant topic and one that I do not think gets enough attention.  Same-sex couples have the same estate planning needs as do opposite-sex couples – probably more so, than opposite-sex couples. While the goals for both are probably the same – making sure that their property passes to their loved ones
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Estate planning after a Divorce

So, you’ve gone through a divorce (and it’s probably taken an emotional toll) and you are thankful that the process is over….or is it?  Prior to your divorce, you and your spouse may have taken the time to do your estate planning.  Or perhaps you had listed your spouse as beneficiary on your life insurance and/or retirement plans?  Well, what happens after a divorce? 
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