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Far too many attorneys overcomplicate things, making topics convoluted and difficult to understand to the average person. This blog is committed to explaining legal planning topics in an easy to understand format, in plain English. Enjoy the blogs, and please let us know if there is a topic you would like covered.

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Top 3 Things That Overcomplicate an Estate #estateplanning documents estateplanningprocess Aug 22, 2022

Far too often, the general public has ideas about estate planning they get from popular television shows, to the point they believe that it is mandatory to have a lawyer read the will to a well-dressed family in front of a roaring fireplace with everyone sipping brandy from large sifter glasses....

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Our Estate Planning Process and FREE "Estate Planning Basics" Audiobook #estateplanning Jul 11, 2022

The keystone to our law office's estate planning process is my book Estate Planning Basics, provided as required reading for every Estate Strategy Session with clients wishing to discuss their estate planning goals. That in combination with filling out a basic questionnaire means our...

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Millennial Planning Challenges and Opportunities #estateplanning checklist estate planning for millennials Jun 20, 2022

Millennials have unique challenges that Boomers and Gen X have not had to face. These challenges include financial, legal, and family problems including estate planning issues probably unthought of by Boomers and the generations before them. The checklist includes:

  • Having forgone college,...
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The High Cost of "Low Probate Fees" #estateplanning #probate May 26, 2022

“Probate fees in our state are not that high.” Unfortunately, I hear this from some attorneys who focus their practice on handling probate, and probate is exactly what you get when you rely on a Last Will and Testament for your estate plan. Considering the massive attorney's fees...

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Three Sneaky Ways the Government Makes Itself Your Beneficiary #estateplanning May 12, 2022

When it comes to special government programs, what on the surface appears to be a good deal may not really be to your advantage or especially to your estate beneficiaries. Unfortunately, chances are that you are already invested in once these “deals” That is, unless you know all of...

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