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...

How to Talk to Mom & Dad About Creating an Estate Plan

Posted by Matt Perkins | Mar 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Conversations about death and dying are rarely fun. Most people avoid them because they invoke feelings about our inevitable demise. Broaching this subject can be particularly difficult for parents and their adult children. Adult children may avoid bringing up the topic because they do not ...

Third-Party Supplemental Needs Trusts

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

If you want to provide for a loved one who is disabled or has special needs when you are no longer here, care must be taken to ensure that the inheritance you leave will help rather than harm your loved one. An inheritance received outright could negatively impact your loved one if he or she is c...

Severing Joint Ownership of Property

Posted by Matt Perkins | Feb 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the most common forms of property ownership in the United States is joint tenancy with rights of survivorship (JTWROS or joint tenancy). But what is joint tenancy? Joint tenancy is a legal right to property that provides the owner an undivided right to the enjoyment of the property. In oth...

Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Jan 04, 2021 | 1 Comment

Timeshares have come a long way since they first arrived in the real estate market back in the '70s. In the early days of timeshare ownership, high-pressure sales tactics, exceedingly vague contracts, and inflexible scheduling policies caused many people to quickly regret such purchases. Over tim...

Can Dual Citizenship Ruin Your Estate Plan?

Posted by Matt Perkins | Dec 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

In early 2020, married actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson became honorary citizens of Greece.  The president of Greece bestowed this honor upon them due in large part to their humanitarian work in the country after a deadly wildfire swept through Athens in 2018. Hanks and Wilson spend considerable ...

The Recipe for a Satisfying Estate Plan

Posted by Matt Perkins | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Misconceptions about who needs an estate plan abound. Most people believe that estate planning is only for extremely wealthy business moguls or celebrities. But that could not be further from the truth. Estate planning is the process of making decisions about what happens to you, your money, and ...

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