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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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How to Avoid Probate #estateplanning #estateplanningbasics #estatetaxes #financialplanning #lastwill #lastwillandtestament #longtermplanning #planning #probate #probateprocess #process #trustplanning #trusts #will #wills attorney attorney advice estate documents estate planning estate planning attorney estate planning basics estate planning strategies last will and testament lawyer advice lawyers advice livingtrust planningattorney revocable living trust the plain english attorneyā„¢ trust trust planning Apr 29, 2024

One of the biggest frustrations I see in my line of work is when people who are already going through a crisis because of the death or a long-term illness of a family member end up in probate. This time-consuming, frustrating, and paperwork intensive process only compounds the grief and agony...

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Will or Trust? #estateplanning #estateplanningbasics #estatetaxes #genzestateplanning #lastwill #lastwillandtestament #probate #trustplanning #trusts #will #wills attorney advice basic estate planning beginner estate planning estate documents estate planning attorney estate planning basics last will and testament livingtrust planningattorney probate revocable living trust revocable trust revocable trusts the plain english attorneyā„¢ trust trust planning wills Apr 15, 2024

When it comes to estate planning, what you do with your estate is wide open. However, there are only two heavyweights when it comes to how you pass along your estate. You are either using a Last Will and Testament, or a revocable living trust as the base of your plan. But which one is best?...

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The Value of Professional Conferences: How Estate Planners Become Rockstars #estateplanning #estateplanningbasics #estateplanningbooks #estatetaxes #financialplanning #planning #trustplanning #trusts #whatisestateplanning asset protection attorney-client relationships estate planning estate planning attorney living trusts north carolina planningattorney revocable living trust revocable trust revocable trusts the plain english attorneyā„¢ trust planning Feb 26, 2024

When it comes to estate planning, there’s always more information coming our way. It’s also not just about tax updates or changes to law, but it can often be just better ways to serve our clients through technological advancements and new platforms. While state bar sponsored...

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Is a North Carolina Revocable Living Trust Right For Me? north carolina revocable living trust revocable trust Dec 04, 2023

Whether a Revocable Living Trust is right for your particular situation or not is never as simple as looking at your net worth, despite what other attorneys may claim. That is because how much wealth you have doesn't mandate what your estate goals are.

If you are trying to decide between...

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Five Ways Attorneys Destroyed an Estate attorney basic estate planning revocable living trust Oct 02, 2023

I recently reviewed an estate that ended up potentially being destroyed by a few attorneys who really didn't know what they were doing. For this blog, I’ll use the hypothetical Smith family, going back to 1996. At the time, it was John and Jane Smith and their four children, so they worked...

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