Updating Your Estate Plan: How Many Tweaks Are Too Many?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Jun 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

If your life or the law has changed since you signed your last will and testament (will) or trust agreement, you need to update your document. You can make updates to a revocable living trust by way of an amendment or a complete restatement of the trust agreement. An amendment updates a specific ...

What Happens to My Spouse's Debts at Their Death?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Jun 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

A spouse's death creates a difficult and demanding time for the surviving partner. As much as you might want space and time alone to process your grief, you may have certain responsibilities related to settling your deceased spouse's affairs, including paying off their debt. Most Americans have ...

What to Know about Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs)

Posted by Matt Perkins | Mar 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

A nonfungible token (NFT) is a unique digital code that represents a digital item such as art or music, as well as a growing number of physical items, that runs on the blockchain (a secure, decentralized, and cryptography-backed online ledger) and provides proof of ownership of virtual collectibl...

When a Gift May Not Be a Gift

Posted by Matt Perkins | Mar 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is better to give than to receive. But if you give a gift above a certain amount, you might end up owing money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The federal tax code has very specific rules about how much you are allowed to transfer to others each year—and over the course of your lifetim...

Electronic Wills

Posted by Matt Perkins | Mar 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

What Is an Electronic Will? It was not very long ago that all legal documents were printed on paper and signed with a pen. But in today's world, where we sign commercial contracts, form and run businesses, and buy everything from groceries to cars online, it seems almost prehistoric for state la...

Springing Financial Powers of Attorney

Posted by Matt Perkins | Feb 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is about more than preparing for the inevitable. A good estate plan should also consider the unexpected. Your plan may have detailed instructions for what happens when you are no longer around, but what if something goes wrong while you are alive? If you can no longer manage your...

Using Real Estate Deeds in Estate Planning

Posted by Matt Perkins | Jan 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

When using trusts in estate planning, a key element includes transferring the trustmaker's real estate into the trust by recording a deed with the local recording authority. This step is crucial for ensuring that the trustee has the authority to manage and ultimately sell or transfer the property...

Protecting the New Athletic Superstars

Posted by Matt Perkins | Nov 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

It is a new era for college student athletes, who can now (as of July 1, 2021) profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). A change to the long-standing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policy that prohibited athletes from making money has abruptly—and dramatically—altered ...

Mental Health Considerations in Estate Planning

Posted by Matt Perkins | Nov 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

It is okay to not be okay. Removing the stigma of mental health starts with realizing that many people—about one in five of all US adults--are affected by mental illness. Understanding this fact can lead to more people getting the help they require, not only by seeking guidance from a mental heal...

What Is HEMS and Why Is It Included in So Many Trusts?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Nov 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the world of estate planning, you may come across the acronym HEMS from time to time. HEMS stands for “health, education, maintenance, or support” and is frequently included in trust agreements to guide a trustee on the types of distributions they may make to a trust beneficiary. When a truste...

Myths We Tell Ourselves About Estate Plans

Posted by Matt Perkins | Oct 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it is not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with an estate plan requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought stops many people in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qualified atto...

Can a Disabled Individual Be an Executor or a Trustee?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Jun 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

An important element of creating an estate plan is choosing a responsible party to handle your legal, medical, and financial affairs if you become unable to manage them yourself (i.e., become incapacitated) or die. The individual or entity you choose must be someone whom you can trust to make cru...

Do I Have to Leave Anything to My Children?

Posted by Matt Perkins | May 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

One common storyline in Hollywood movies is the rich father disinheriting the family outcast. The story usually traces the child's attempts to win the father over and be considered a part of the family again. But can fiction imitate reality? Can you actually disinherit a child? The answer, in mos...

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