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Estate Planning and Wills

Why a Court May Not Approve a Will Right Away

Chana Frid | Posted 06.28.2014 | Fifty
Chana Frid

One of the bigger mysteries, to many people, is why it seems that the process of offering a will to a judge for approval, called probate, can sometimes become highly complex -- and by "complex", I mean lengthy and expensive.

When You Die, Where Does Your Dough Go?

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.24.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Investors over the years have told me that they have it all worked out. "I've got a will, a trust and spoke to an attorney." Often, those instructions were done years ago, sometimes decades ago.

Hit by the Bus: How to Protect Your Business, Your Family and Yourself

Jack Garson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

The challenges of succession -- both professionally and personally -- don't go away if you ignore them. The need for planning exists. The results are worse if you ignore the difficulty.

How Will Your Grandkids Treat Their Inheritance?

Neale Godfrey | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty
Neale Godfrey

Whether you're living the retirement of your dreams or you are still working and hoping to hold on to the home you love, you're probably thinking about whatever estate you will leave behind.

9 Ways To Make Things Easier For Your Survivors

Next Avenue | Posted 04.20.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Scott Taylor Smith Take these important estate planning steps now so your loved ones will carry out your wishes prop...

The Conversation Parents NEED To Have With Their Adult Children

Next Avenue | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Lori R. Sackler Avoid family strife down the road by holding key conversations about your estate plans -- now "Wh...

Is Estate Planning Just For the Rich and Famous?

SaveUp | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
SaveUp

You might be thinking..."I don't have an estate to plan." Or, "that's only for the 1 percent so they can avoid taxes." No matter how much (or little) money we have, we need a plan.

Savvy Senior: How to Create an Ethical Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

An ethical will can be a valuable complement to your legal will, as well as a wonderful gift to your family or other loved ones.

Baby Boomers Say They'd Rather Inherit Stories Than Possessions: Study

Posted 05.25.2012 | Fifty

In her book Storytelling & the Art of Imagination, author Nancy Mellon writes, "Storytelling gives us love and courage for life ... storytelling puts ...

I'm Dying To Tell You: Estate Planning And Other Existential Agitations

Debra Ollivier | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

The resistance to the process is as logistical as it is ontological, because estate planning is linked to the unpleasant task of death planning, and who wants to think about that? But when children come into the picture parents often enter the Kingdom of Anxiety, and concerns about what we leave behind are harder to sweep under the carpet.