We all know that we should create an Estate Plan, yet so many of us procrastinate in undertaking such an important task. Creating an Estate Plan represents a simple, yet effective way to provide comfort and stability to your family upon your death by ensuring that your assets pass in the way that you want to whom you want. Unfortunately, so many encounter a tragedy or crisis before prioritizing their Estate Plan, sometimes it is too late. As headlines often remind us, even those with significant … [Read more...] about The Importance of Having an Estate Plan
Until recently, the word “cryptocurrency” was not part of the average person’s lexicon. Today, however, most people are familiar with the term and many people own and/or use cryptocurrency. Despite the name, cryptocurrency is not exactly a currency in the traditional sense of the word. It can sometimes be used as a currency, but it is not tangible like a dollar bill or a quarter. If you own cryptocurrency though, it should be addressed within your estate plan. Toward that end, a Los Angeles … [Read more...] about How Do I Include Cryptocurrency in My Estate Plan?
Clients often worry about the execution of their plan after death. Sometimes, individuals fail to see their complicity in the destruction of their plan. Numerous ways exist to invalidate an Estate Plan. A qualified Estate Planning attorney takes safeguards to protect the plan. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about What Makes a Will or Trust Invalid
As more and more individuals get comfortable in the digital world, Estate Planning has evolved to address the collection and transfer of digital assets. The widespread use of a legacy contact and password managers gives owners of digital content control in determining what happens to the digital information after they die. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Death and Your Digital Footprint
When someone decides to create a trust, one of the most important decisions they must make is who to appoint as the Trustee. If you were recently notified that someone appointed you as the Trustee of their trust, and you have never before acted as a Trustee, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. As a Los Angeles trust administration attorney at Collins Law Firm explains, the key to performing your new role of Trustee well is to gain a complete understanding of trust administration and the duties and … [Read more...] about What Are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Trustee?
Every adult can benefit from having a comprehensive estate plan in place; however, for some adults estate planning takes on heightened importance. Parents with minor children, for example, have even more reason than the average person to have a well-thought-out estate plan in place for several reasons. If you are the parent of a minor child, it is in your best interest, and that of your child, to work closely with an experienced California estate planning attorney to ensure that your child(ren) … [Read more...] about Tips for Parents with Minor Children
For most people, the ability to decide how their estate assets are distributed after they are gone is a primary motivation for creating an estate plan. If that is one o your primary estate planning goals, you will need to decide exactly how you want most of your assets to be distributed – via a Last Will and Testament or a trust agreement. A Los Angeles estate planning attorney at Collins Law Firm offers some factors to consider when deciding whether a Will or a trust should be used to … [Read more...] about Is a Will or a Trust Better for Distributing Estate Assets?
When you think about the need for an estate plan, you likely focus on the desire to ensure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes after you are gone. While that is certainly a strong motivating factor in the creation of most estate plans, a comprehensive estate plan can accomplish much more. Probate avoidance, for example, is a common secondary goal for many people. Much confusion, however, exists regarding how to structure an estate plan so that an estate avoids probate. The … [Read more...] about Can I Avoid Probate by Executing a Will?
If you are a parent, your primary motivation for creating an estate plan is to ensure that your estate passes to your children when you are gone. Exactly how your estate assets are distributed, however, can be the source of much internal debate. One question you may wrestle with is whether you should split your estate equally among your children. Many parents feel obligated to create an equal split in their estate plan, despite having reservations about whether that is really the best idea. … [Read more...] about Deciding How to Divide Your Estate Among Your Children
Estate planning, by definition, involves making plans for your estate assets in the event of your death. Your estate consists of all real and personal property as well as tangible and intangible assets owned by you, or in which you share an ownership interest, at the time of your death. Assets such as your home, vehicles, investment accounts, and securities likely come to mind when you contemplate estate planning; however, there is another category of assets that may also need to be considered – … [Read more...] about How to Include Intellectual Property in Your Estate Plan