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The Will - Notes From a Dive Bar

Alan Black | Posted 06.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A bar napkin, a touch soggy. I leave all my regrets, guilt and anger to this napkin Legally binding A signature, the date, lipstick sealed. An in...

Building a Financial Emergency Kit for Your Family

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

What could a financial emergency look like for your family? It could be the weather-related destruction of a home. It could mean sudden serious illnes...

Death Over Dinner: Why Planning for Death Frees Us to Live More Deeply

Andrea Driessen | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrea Driessen

We often don't make time for death, The Great Equalizer. But it WILL find us, ready or not. Spending a few hours now can save others days, weeks and months of heartache, and give you the best kind of life insurance money can't buy: a richer, more fulfilling and radiant life.

7 Nasty Things That Could Happen If You Die Without A Will

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty

About 55 percent of Americans don't have a will, according to LexisNexis. And most of them -- 60 percent -- say it's because they just haven't gotten ...

Later to Launch? Why Couples Should Get Married Later...

Bitchless Bride | Posted 05.03.2016 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

So, the other day, I felt like a total adult. Like, so adulty, that it made me feel uncomfortable. Why? Well, my hus and I took a long overdue trip to the attorney's office to sign our wills, health care proxies, and other important documents so that we could protect our kids from any additional anguish should the worst case scenario become a reality.

The Death of Prince: The Stages of Grief for an Estate Planning Attorney

Alexandra Smyser | Posted 05.03.2016 | Entertainment
Alexandra Smyser

How could a man who fought so hard to re-gain control over his musical legacy not have created a plan for it after he died? How could a man with a philanthropic heart not have cemented his charitable legacy with testamentary gifts? Et tu, Prince?

6 Things You May Not Know About Personal Wills

Larry Alton | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Read More: Wills, Business News
Larry Alton

What do you really know about a will ... specifically, yours? If you're like most people, you're aware of the concept and its intended function as a legal document: to dictate your wishes regarding disposition of your body and property upon your death.

The Transfer on Death Deed

Brad Reid | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Over half the states have enacted legislation allowing transfer on death deeds. Missouri was first in 1989 and, after a pause of nearly a decade; othe...

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.28.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you die without a will, what happens to your assets will be determined by the state you reside in. Every state has intestacy laws in place that parcel out property and assets to a deceased person's closest relatives when there's no will or trust. But these laws vary from state-to-state.

Keeping the Peace Between Adult Children in Estate Planning

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Family relationships evolve over a lifetime, for better or worse--even without money factored into the picture. When finances are thrown into the mix,...

What Your Aging Parent Isn't Telling You - I Want to Discuss End-of-Life Issues

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 02.29.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

Most of us live our lives as if we will be alive tomorrow, and for many years to come. Of course, that's not always the reality and at some point - ho...

3 Simple Tips For Planning Your Estate

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 02.11.2017 | Fifty
Erris Langer Klapper

People are particularly persnickety about personal property, and rich or poor, our stuff means a lot to us. While wealthier people are more likely to have extensive estate planning documents in place, it's imperative across the board, as fights over tangible personal property often erupt.

Who Really Knows Why The Dying Grandma Shredded All Her Money?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.09.2015 | Fifty

By now we've all heard about the dying 85-year-old Austrian woman who supposedly chopped up $1 million rather than let her relatives inherit it. Headl...

What to Do When Divorce or Widowhood Puts You in Financial Control for the First Time

Michael Most | Posted 09.23.2016 | Money
Michael Most

Taking an accounting of liabilities and expenses -- ie. what's owed -- is an essential first step to taking full financial control. In the case of divorce, which spouse will continue to pay for certain expenses is typically decided in the settlement.

7 Of The Most Unusual Wills Of All Time

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty

Wills are serious business. They are supposed to spell out how one would like their assets distributed after their death. But in some cases they also ...

What Is a Living Trust? Do You Need One?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

It's usually hard to get people to talk about estate planning, so I'm actually heartened by your question. No matter your age or your wealth, it's smart to plan in advance how you'd want your property to be distributed should something happen to you.

Understanding the Responsibilities of an Executor

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.24.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Serving as the executor of your friend's estate may seem like an honor, but it can also be a huge chore. Here's what you should know to help you prepare.

How the Daughter of One of America's Most Beloved Actors and Others Are Calling for Change

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.04.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Conservators and guardians are often given overbroad authority over conservatees' and wards' lives. Stories of conservatees and wards being isolated or imprisoned by court-appointed protectors are far too common.

Immigrant Couple Leaves $847,000 To 'America'

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

A married couple from Seattle, including a husband who had fled Nazi persecution, made it their last wish that Uncle Sam inherit their entire estate. ...

Man Leaves His Favorite Waitresses A HUGE Tip ... In His Will

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 05.18.2015 | Taste

For many years, according to the New York Post, wealthy art collector Robert Ellsworth ate almost every meal at Donohue's Steak House on the city' Upp...

The Four Financial Plans Every Gay Couple Should Make Before They Get Married

Michael Most | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Most

One day soon, same sex couples won't have to play hopscotch with financial equality and inequality, but until then, good financial planning can help ensure you come out a winner.

What Warren Buffett Did For His Kids

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.06.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

As you ponder what to do with your own tax refund, or how to pay less next year, now is a great time to make sure that your dough will get to your kids without them paying half (or more) to Uncle Sam in income taxes.

Essential Legal Documents All Seniors Should Have

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Every adult -- especially seniors -- should have at least four essential legal documents to protect them and their family. These documents will make sure your wishes regarding your estate are legal and clear, and will help minimize any conflicts and confusion with your family and your health care providers if you become seriously illness or when you die.

Why We Avoid Estate Planning

David A. Dedman | Posted 04.28.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

You don't want your relatives and your spouse fighting over some piece of furniture or other trinket. If you are single, then it won't be as obvious as to who gets what, especially if your siblings and parents survive you.

An Estate Administration Overview

Brad Reid | Posted 04.28.2015 | Money
Brad Reid

Estate administration involves the probate of the decedent's estate and typically includes three broad actions: (1) asset collection, inventory and appraisal; (2) collecting and paying debts and taxes; and (3) distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries. This process may occur with or without a will and may occur subject to a probate court or outside a probate court.