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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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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...

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Five Things in Every Good Power of Attorney #estateplanning #financials #guides #planning #probate #trustplanning asset protection attorney advice estate planning attorney health care power of attorney lawyers advice powers of attorney trust planning Feb 12, 2024

As I was recently reminded while reviewing some legal documents for a prospective client, not all power of attorney forms are created equal. In fact, some people may mistakenly believe they are covered when that is far from the truth. Here are the five big things every good power of attorney...

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Free Estate Planning Education System estate planning trust planning Jul 10, 2023

Providing information on planning ahead to avoid estate problems has been a hallmark of the law firm since it was founded more than 27 years ago. While many other firms simply responded to estate messes while "towing the company line" about estate planning with Wills, we were...

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Trust Funding is Critical trust funding trust funds trust planning Mar 13, 2023

Sometimes, messages need to be repeated to make sure they stick. Unfortunately, this often happens with ongoing maintenance with a revocable living trust to make sure that assets line up correctly with the overall estate plan, including the revocable living trust. Unfortunately, the "correctly"...

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Seven Living Trust Mistakes common mistakes diy estate planning trust planning Mar 06, 2023

A revocable living trust can be a great estate planning vehicle that keeps your assets out of probate and minimizes settlement costs. However, there are (at least) seven big mistakes that I has seen when it comes to putting together a revocable trust. While other attorneys may have different...

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