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What Is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

Wills and trusts are foundational estate planning tools. While each is used to distribute assets to beneficiaries, they do so in different ways. Each also has its own distinct uses and advantages. They’re often used together to close gaps in an estate plan and prepare for multiple scenarios that might otherwise cause unexpected burdens for heirs.

What Does It Mean to Be Estranged?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Estrangement refers to a breakdown in a relationship, such as a relationship with a spouse or family member, where there is no longer any communication, or communication has become hostile, and the individuals lead separate lives. Although estrangement can significantly impact individuals’ lives, it is not a legal term and, in many cases, might not have a legal effect.

No Will? You're Putting Your Kids at Risk

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people delay the conversation or thoughts of having to prepare a will. Confronting the possibility of one’s death is not easy. However, as the recent death of Anne Heche shows us, not having a will can place a significant burden on your children and cause undesirable complications. Even if difficult, planning ahead may be a better solution than the alternative.

May Someone With Dementia Sign a Will?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Millions of people are affected by dementia, and unfortunately many of them do not have all their estate planning affairs in order before the symptoms start. If you or a loved one has dementia, it may not be too late to sign a will or other documents, but certain criteria must be met to ensure that the signer is mentally competent.

5 Ways Your Will Can Become Useless, Or Close to It

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

While wills do not have expiration dates, certain changes can render them useless. When this happens, having an out-of-date will can be the same as having no will at all. It is important to review your will periodically to ensure it still does what you want. The following are five ways your will can become out-of-date:

Who Gets Copies of the Will After a Person Dies?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Aug 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many movies and television shows have a scene where a family gathers around a big table after a relative has died to listen to the reading of the will. While this makes for a dramatic scene, one that may have been more common when literacy rates were lower, it doesn't usually happen this way in the modern world. There is no requirement that a will be read out loud to anyone. So what does happen with the will?

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