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The importance of estate planning for surviving spouse

Estate Planning for Surviving Spouses

By Andre O. McDonald |

After losing a spouse or long-time partner, it’s difficult to look past your grief. However, it’s crucial to understand the important and timely decisions you must make regarding your finances and personal estate planning for surviving spouse. Estate planning is an ongoing process as it accounts for changes in marriages, deaths, divorces, and births… Read More »

Estate Planning Issues for the Modern Family

By Andre O. McDonald |

As the name suggests, ABC’s TV show Modern Family depicts the relationships and experiences between a fictional extended family. Throughout the course of the series, the show addresses many issues that families deal with each day. For a close-knit family such as this fictional one, estate planning is crucial to ensure that everyone is… Read More »

3 times when a probate proceeding may still be necessary

Why You May Still Have to Open a Legal Probate Proceeding

By Andre O. McDonald |

Probate is the legal process for recognizing the validity of a person’s will after their death and appointing the nominated decision maker. This person, also known as an executor or personal representative, administers the deceased person’s estate and ensures that their money and property are transferred to the beneficiaries specified in their will. If… Read More »

How to avoid probate issues with proper estate planning

Proper Estate Planning Reduces Probate Issues

By Andre O. McDonald |

Probate is a legal process that happens after someone dies. While probate can be complex, lengthy, and expensive, proper estate planning can mitigate unwanted risks and probate issues by anticipating what might happen and preventing problems before they arise. Sound estate planning can make the probate process run efficiently and smoothly, protecting your estate’s… Read More »

Do you know the risks of naming a minor child as beneficiary on your retirement account?

Want to Leave Your Retirement Account to Your Minor Child? Consider These Things First

By Andre O. McDonald |

Your retirement account may be one of the most valuable things you own. Many people consider naming their children as the beneficiaries of these accounts because they think it is a way of easily transferring their wealth if something happens to them. However, there are some factors that make this type of transfer more… Read More »

Understanding the risks of an unrecorded deed

What Is the Effect of an Unrecorded Deed?

By Andre O. McDonald |

A deed is a legal document used to transfer real property ownership rights from one person or entity (the grantor) to another (the grantee). In many cases, this transfer occurs due to the property being sold, with the seller transferring the property to the buyer. Typically, a deed is recorded with the local county… Read More »

Cohabitation and joint ownership: What are the risks?

Legal Perils of Gift and Joint Ownership between Unmarried Couples

By Andre O. McDonald |

Cohabitation without marriage is becoming more common in the United States. Among eighteen- to forty-four-year-olds, the percentage of adults who have lived with an unmarried partner at some point is now higher than the percentage of adults who have been married. When you live with a romantic partner, it may feel as though you… Read More »

Important things to consider about estate planning and divorce

Estate Planning and Divorce: Key Considerations

By Andre O. McDonald |

Getting a divorce is seldom an easy process. It is emotional and stressful. There are many factors to consider that may also change over time. For younger couples, children are likely a top concern. For older couples, a long-term home, inherited assets, retirement plans, trusts, and estate plans may be significant concerns. If you… Read More »

3 Celebrity Probate Disasters

Three Celebrity Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

By Andre O. McDonald |

One would assume that celebrities with extreme wealth would take steps to protect their estates. But think again: some of the world’s richest and most famous people enter the pearly gates with no estate plan, while others have made estate planning mistakes that tied up their fortunes and heirs in court for years. Let… Read More »

What are the pros and cons of probate?

The Pros and Cons of Probate

By Andre O. McDonald |

In estate planning circles, the word “probate” often carries a negative connotation. Indeed, for many people—especially those with valuable accounts and property—financial planners recommend trying to keep accounts and property out of probate whenever possible. That being said, the probate system was ultimately established to protect the deceased’s accounts and property as well as… Read More »

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