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What Happens if my Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

By Andre O. McDonald |

When planning for death, most people assume they will die before their beneficiaries (e.g., their spouse, children, and grandchildren). While these assumptions are often well-founded, they do not always come to pass. This may have you wondering, “so what happens if my beneficiary dies before me”? Or, if this has already happened to you,… Read More »

What you need to know about estate planning after a personal injury settlement

Estate Planning After a Personal Injury Settlement

By Andre O. McDonald |

In the hectic and sometimes dangerous world that we live in, it is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen and people get hurt. The U.S. legal system is designed so that those who suffer injury through the avoidable fault of others can seek compensation for those injuries. Sometimes injuries are so severe… Read More »

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Disaster Preparedness Month: How to Prepare for Whatever May Come Your Way  

By Andre O. McDonald |

The unpredictable can occur at any time: fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, pandemics—you name it. Because September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, we want you to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Although none of us can predict the future, there are some things you can do to ensure that you and your… Read More »

How to avoid family fights over property and inheritance

7 Ways to Avoid Family Fights Over Property

By Andre O. McDonald |

Ask a group of friends if they have experienced family fights over property after a loved one has died, and you will be in for a lively and eye-opening conversation. Far too many families end up fighting, or at least experiencing tension, over a family inheritance. But it does not have to be that… Read More »

7 pitfalls to watch out for when choosing beneficiaries in your estate plan

Designating Beneficiaries: 8 Pitfalls You May Not Know About

By Andre O. McDonald |

You might think that leaving your property to your heirs would be simple enough. You make a will or a trust, you do a transfer-on-death deed for your real estate, you put your kids on your bank account, you designate beneficiaries for your life insurance and retirement accounts, and you’re done. If only things… Read More »

How to Avoid a Frozen Bank Account After the Death of a Loved One

How to Avoid a Frozen Bank Account After the Death of a Loved One

By Andre O. McDonald |

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. Nothing can truly prepare a person for such a loss. However, dealing with the financial stress of frozen bank accounts can exacerbate the stress. Without proper planning, your significant other could struggle to gain access to your… Read More »

A Last Will and Testament Does Much More Than Just Helping Transfer Assets

A Will Does Much More Than Transfer Your Assets

By Andre O. McDonald |

Caring.com annual estate planning survey for 2019 found that 57% of U.S. adults do not have a Last Will & Testament (a “Will”). The survey found that participants were more likely or less likely to have a Will depending on issues such as age, race, and education. For example, when broken down generationally, 66% of people… Read More »

Responsbilities of being named as a guardian

Help! I’ve Been Named as a Guardian. What Do I Do?

By Andre O. McDonald |

A guardian is an individual who cares for someone who needs special protection. Adults can nominate a guardian in his or her Will. Likewise, parents can also nominate a guardian in their Will, but a court must confirm and officially appoint the guardian. Sometimes the need for guardianship arises when the parents are still… Read More »

who does a probate attorney actually represent - the personal representative or the heirs?

Does the Probate Attorney Represent the Personal Representative or the Estate Heirs?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Whether you are the Personal Representative or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the role of a probate attorney is one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating the estate is understanding who the probate attorney hired… Read More »

What you need to know about legal planning for Alzheimer's disease

Legal Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

By Andre O. McDonald |

There is currently no cure for the more than 5 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease. Projections by the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) are that by 2050 more than 14 million Americans will suffer from this disease. What can you do if you are medically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Aside from following the advice of your… Read More »

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