The Best Ways to Plan Your Blended Family Estate

As a result of inheritance in a blended family, families may feel hurt and inequitably distributed, leading to lengthy legal battles that can be both costly and destructive to the family. While you cannot legislate from the grave, you can carefully prepare your estate...

If the Beneficiary Is No Longer Alive, Who Gets the Inheritance?

What happens to a beneficiary’s inheritance when they die? You may be wondering whether if you leave property to your brother Jim, but he dies before you, would his kids inherit the property in his place? The answer is, only if your will explicitly states as...

Helping a Loved One Who Is Aging

A family system’s natural tendency is to provide health care to an aging relative. The love and care many adult children receive growing up become reciprocal, particularly in the case of their aging parents. But with the advent of longer lives, it is not...

Preparing your Estate for your 4-legged children.

We recently added a new face to the Marshall tribe; his name is Gizmo, a beautiful 10-year Brussels Griffon mix who found himself in a precarious situation after his first owner became quite ill.  His owner had not planned for these circumstances and Gizmo found...

A Guide for Understanding Wills and Trusts

There are a number of benefits to using both a will and a trust for estate planning. Each state has specific laws and regulations governing these legal documents. You can have both a will and a trust; however, the information in each should complement the other. As a...