The Plain English Attorney Blog

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.

Sign up for Our Newsletter

Check Out Our Free Webinars

Estate Crash Course Webinar               In-Law Protection Planning Webinar    

Special Needs Planning Webinar          Medicaid Planning Webinar

5 Toxic Lawyer Schemes #estateplanning #estatetaxes #financialplanning #longtermplanning #planning #probate #trustplanning asset protection asset protection trust common mistakes estate planning estate planning attorney lawyers advice north carolina planningattorney probate probate problems the plain english attorney™ trust trust planning Feb 19, 2024

It's unfortunate, but there are numerous estate planning practices that have become standard operating procedure at law firms that are not necessarily the best thing for the clients or their families. In fact, they seem designed specifically to make more money for the law firm than they are to...

Continue Reading...
Estate Planning 101 Livestream Announced #estateplanning #estateplanningbasics #estateplanningbooks #financialplanning #genzestateplanning #guides #lastwill #lastwillandtestament #livingwill #planning #trustplanning #trusts estate planning attorney irrevocable trust revocable trust Jan 29, 2024

My law firm and other businesses are committed to providing planning education in the areas of estate, financial, and care assistance planning, and we are adding open livestreams through The Plain English Attorney® YouTube channel. Our 2024 kickoff event is Estate Planning 101 where we will...

Continue Reading...
2024 Death Taxes Explained #estateplanning #estatetaxes #financialplanning attorney advice estate planning attorney generational wealth the plain english attorney™ trust trustee gifts Jan 22, 2024

A general question I hear from new clients is whether or not they have to worry about "death taxes." The term "death tax" is actually political, and candidates use it as a campaign football. In actuality, there are several different taxes related to estates and inheritances that may or may not...

Continue Reading...
New Year’s Revolutions #2023 #estateplanning #estateplanningbasics #financialplanning #legaldocuments #longtermplanning #newyear #resolutions address the press fact-based Jan 02, 2023

It sounds ridiculous that it even has to be stated, but with the New Year we need to focus on fact-based solutions to our problems... and that will be considered "revolutionary." As I usually do, I have been on my annual end-of-year break and, unfortunately, I had a chance to dig a few inches...

Continue Reading...
How Much Does Probate Cost? #costs #estateplanning #financialplanning #financials #lastwillandtestament #livingwill #probate #trustplanning #trusts Oct 17, 2022

Probate will cost. A lot. When given the statistics, my clients are usually appalled that their estates going through the probate court system would cost so much. On average, the probate court system will eat up about 4-10% of an estate. Many states allow a standard 5% fee for an executor or...

Continue Reading...