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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.

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What is a Life Estate ?

Posted on: October 12, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Chances are, your home is full to the brim with cherished memories of family and friends. But, as you get older, you may start wondering what exactly will happen to your home when you pass away. Fortunately, a life estate can take away the uncertainty of this thought by legally assigning an heir to receive your property without interference from court proceedings.
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Estate Planning - Problems Created When No Will Is Available

Posted on: October 4, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
People who have had a serious case of COVID-19 are 66% more likely to engage in estate planning, and 32% of adults under 35 said they wrote a will because of the pandemic.
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What happened to Pat Bowlen 's estate?

Pat Bowlen - How Not to Build a Family Football Dynasty

Posted on: October 3, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
A decade before his death, the billionaire owner of the Denver Broncos consulted with attorneys about the orderly handover of the team after his death. He crafted a carefully delineated trust that his hand-picked trustees would oversee.
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What wrong with the Presley estate?

What’s a ‘Pot Trust’?

Posted on: September 28, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
A pot trust, also referred to as a discretionary, sprinkling or common pot trust, is a type of trust that can be used by families to pass on assets. With this type of trust, minor children serve as beneficiaries with a trustee that oversees the management of trust assets. The trustee has discretionary power to decide how the trust funds are used to pay for the care and needs of beneficiaries.
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How to provide asset protection

Deathbed Gift, what are the taxes?

Posted on: September 26, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
One sure-fire way your clients can reduce the size of their taxable estate is to give gifts to loved ones while they’re still alive. But when are ‘deathbed gifts’ considered to be complete for estate and gift tax purposes?
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5 biggest mistakes for beneficiaries

Can Unequal Distribution of Inheritances Be Fair?

Posted on: September 20, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The important thing to acknowledge is that the emotions behind the reasons are not trivial, but are important and should not be dismissed or minimized.
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The Most Common Myths about COVID Vaccine

How Can I Minimize My Probate Estate?

Posted on: September 19, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Anyone with a bank account, house, car or other personal property should have a will.
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Siblings may fight after you are gone

Why Do Siblings Fight after Death of a Parent?

Posted on: September 9, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
There is no legal requirement that anyone give anyone else money or property when they pass.  The law says that as long as you understand what you’re doing, you can give your assets to anyone you feel like giving them to, equal or not.
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New IRS portability rules

IRS Extends Portability Election Option Deadline from Two to Five Years

Posted on: September 7, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Portability allows spouses to combine their exemption from estate and gift tax. This allows a surviving spouse to use the unused estate tax emption of the deceased spouse.
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DIY v an estate planning attorney

The Risks of Creating Your Own Estate Plan

Posted on: September 6, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Even Consumer Reports suggests working with an experienced estate planning attorney to make sure documents are correctly prepared.
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