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Can someone else collect money owed to deceased person?

Collecting Debts on Behalf of Your Deceased Loved One

By Andre O. McDonald |

People often engage in transactions that result in money being owed to them, such as loaning money to a friend or business partner or renting a house to a tenant. But what happens if someone passes away before they receive the money owed to them? Can someone else collect the money owed to deceased… Read More »

4 Pieces of Information Every Surviving Spouse Needs to Know

Four Things Your Spouse Should Know Before You Die

By Andre O. McDonald |

It is normal for married couples to share almost every aspect of their lives with each other. But when it comes to death, even the closest couples might become tight-lipped about certain topics. According to one study, half of all couples fail to discuss their dying wishes.[1]  Death is final for the departed. For… Read More »

what is the difference between payable on death vs transfer on death accounts?

Difference Between Transfer on Death and Payable on Death Designation

By Andre O. McDonald |

Adding a payable on death (POD) or transfer on death (TOD) designation to an account allows the assets (money and property) in that account to be passed to a named beneficiary when the original account holder dies. But what is the difference between payable on death vs transfer on death accounts? Like trusts, POD… Read More »

Should I name a different trustee in the event of my incapacity vs. my death?

Should the Trustee of My Trust Be Different During My Incapacity Than at My Death?

By Andre O. McDonald |

When you create a trust, choosing a trustee is one of the most important decisions you will make. If you create a revocable living trust—that is, a trust that you establish during your lifetime and can revoke or amend—you may opt to act as trustee for your trust, retaining the full control over and… Read More »

Things to do when a loved one dies

Bills and Services to Cancel—and Keep—When a Loved One Dies

By Andre O. McDonald |

A loved one’s passing is challenging on many different levels. In addition to the emotional difficulty of processing someone’s death, there are also many things to do when a loved one dies, such as going through their various accounts and taking the necessary steps to cancel them or transfer ownership. Most people subscribe to… Read More »

This information should never be included in your estate planning documents!

What Not to Include in Your Estate Planning Documents

By Andre O. McDonald |

One important purpose of estate planning is to facilitate the transfer of ownership of your money and property to your family and loved ones when you pass away. For this transfer to be as stress-free and efficient as possible, it is crucial that estate planning documents be thorough and provide the necessary information. Nevertheless,… Read More »

The purpose of a devise in a will

What Is a Devise in My Estate Plan?

By Andre O. McDonald |

If you are thinking about creating an estate plan, you may hear some new and confusing terms that make your brain hurt. To add to your bewilderment, not only are some of the words unfamiliar, they may also be homophones—words that are pronounced the same as other words, but have different meanings and spellings…. Read More »

Estate planning considerations for self employed individuals

Three Important Concerns Self-Employed Individuals Should Address

By Andre O. McDonald |

Being self-employed is no easy task. You are the owner, and in some cases, the only employee. While you may have more freedom than the average worker, a lot of responsibilities lie on your shoulders. Working together, we can craft a comprehensive estate plan that will help you address three important concerns you may… Read More »

Why you need a digital estate plan

What Happens to Your Venmo, PayPal, and Apple Pay Accounts Upon Your Death?

By Andre O. McDonald |

It has been said that nothing ever dies on the Internet. While this dictum is typically used as a warning that what we put online may come back to haunt us, it is also true that our online accounts can outlive us, and even live in perpetuity. Having a digital estate plan that makes… Read More »

What is a living will ? Read on to find out

Creating a Living Will

By Andre O. McDonald |

What is a living will? Creating a living will ensures your future healthcare decisions and plans are respected. A living will, also known as an advance directive, is a legal document outlining medical treatment preferences and end-of-life care if you can’t communicate or make decisions for yourself. Everyone should have an advance directive, as… Read More »

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