ESTATE PLANNING FOR SECOND MARRIAGES In our world of ever-changing laws, estate planning has become increasingly complex. This is especially true in the context of second marriages. Children from a prior marriage, strained family relationships and rights and restrictions imposed by law illustrate why the complexity of estate planning for second marriages is never simple.
There are three basic forms of joint ownership: Tenancy in common; joint tenancy; and tenancy by the entirety. Anyone who owns property jointly should be familiar with the consequences of joint ownership. A tenancy in common exists when two or more persons own an undivided interest in the whole property. There is no right of
Your fiduciary is an integral part of your estate plan. Who should you appoint to coordinate your affairs upon incapacity or death? Consider these questions when making the selection: • What are the responsibilities of my fiduciary? The fiduciary you select should be capable of handling the responsibilities of the appointed role. Personal Representatives and
Yes, you have said, “This year, I will make sure that my family is provided for, just in case.” You know that an estate left without a Will creates a financial and legal burden for your family that prevents them from receiving the legacy you meant to leave them. But then you get busy at
If you are still unsure as to whether a trust is for you, there’s one simple question to answer: Is your net worth $100,000 or more? If it is, now is the time to talk to your estate planning attorney. There are a few other things to consider, of course, and there are many, many