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Estate planning services refer to the process of managing and distributing one's assets and properties after their death, in a way that ensures the smooth transfer of wealth to the intended beneficiaries while minimizing taxes and other expenses. Estate planning services may include drafting legal documents such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, as well as providing guidance and advice on strategies for asset protection and wealth transfer. These services may be provided by lawyers, financial advisors, or other professionals with expertise in estate planning. Effective estate planning can help individuals achieve their long-term financial goals and provide peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones.

Does a trust provide asset protection ?

Should We Include Our Children in Our Charitable Giving Plans?

Posted on: October 14, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Apparently, your rich grandpa can’t donate his fortune to charity in peace.
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What Is a Pour-Over Will?

Posted on: October 13, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
When you create a living trust, you also sign a pour-over will. One of the main benefits of a trust is avoiding a court proceeding on death called probate, which is when wills are used.
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The Art of Being a Smart Snowbird

Posted on: October 12, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
In the next few months, thousands of northerners — so-called “snowbirds” — will escape their snowy, cold climates to spend the winter in warm, sunny spots in the southern or western part of the United States.
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Estate Planning and Second Marriage

What are Some Estate Planning Tips for Couples Without Children?

Posted on: October 10, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
If you and your spouse are child-free, you may think you don't need to think about comprehensive estate planning—but you'd be wrong. You'll still want to ensure your assets go where you'd like them to after you're gone, rather than being divvied up by the state.
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Plan now so the surviving spouse is not in a bind.

Your Spouse Just Died … Now What?

Posted on: October 9, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
In many relationships, it’s common for one spouse to play money manager and the other to take a more passive role. This, however, can lead to major complications, when the financially dominant partner dies first.
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New IRS portability rules

Can I Deduct Long-Term Care Expenses on My Tax Return?

Posted on: October 8, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The staggering costs of long-term care can wreak havoc on your retirement savings. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 27% of Americans turning 65 this year will incur at least $100,000 in long-term-care costs, while 15% will require care costing more than $250,000. That’s a hard pill for most seniors to swallow.
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How can I protect my real estate asset

Bargain and Sale Deed - Which is the Right Deed to Use?

Posted on: October 6, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Two of the most widely used deeds in real estate are quitclaim deeds and warranty deeds. Keep reading to learn about these two types of deeds and how they work—and what’s at stake if you choose the wrong one.
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Can You Make a Temporary Change to a Will?

Posted on: October 5, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
I admit that this question stumped me. It was not so much because of what you are asking, but rather why you are asking it in the first place. I’ve tried to come up with a scenario why someone would want to change their will temporarily, but I have come up blank.
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special needs planning

What if a beneficiary is not a citizen?

Posted on: September 27, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The father of my three children died with no will. We were divorced. He owns a house and was married in the Philippines about two years ago. However, his new wife has not been given entrance to the U.S. What happens to his estate?
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Andre Zarre 's Will Contest

What Are My Estate Planning Checklist?

Posted on: September 26, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Estate planning is not only for the wealthy—everybody can benefit from ensuring their assets and finances are properly taken care of after their death.
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