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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 »

Beware! Adding your kids to your bank accounts can be dangerous...

The Danger of Adding Your Kids to Your Bank Accounts

By Andre O. McDonald |

I want to leave my bank accounts to my children when I’m gone. Can’t I just make the children joint owners? That idea sounds better than it actually is. Yes, the bank accounts would avoid probate proceedings when you pass. But by adding kids to your bank accounts, you’d put yourself at risk at… 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 »

How to keep nosy neighbor Nellie from snooping on your probate case!

Yes, Nosy Neighbor Nellie Can Find Out About Your Probate Case!

By Andre O. McDonald |

Most people think of probate (the process of collecting, managing, and distributing a deceased person’s money and property) as a private process. However, because wills are filed at the courthouse (in Maryland, Wills are filed with the Register of Wills and In the District of Columbia, Wills are filed with the Probate Division for… Read More »

How much life insurance do I need to protect my family?

Life Insurance: Do I Really Need It?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Recent events have made many of us think about our mortality and how to make sure our loved ones are taken care of especially if we die unexpectedly. Life insurance can be an affordable way to provide for our children, a spouse, a sibling, aging parents, and other loved ones. Life insurance can provide… Read More »

Seniors Are Changing Their Living Wills Due to COVID-19 Concerns

By Andre O. McDonald |

Kaiser Health News is reporting the coronavirus pandemic is prompting seniors to create or modify their living wills. Specifically, intubation is the topic that has many seniors crafting or rethinking their strategies amidst a wealth of disparate COVID-19 information that makes forming reliable conclusions for decision making, dubious at best. Why Seniors are Changing Their Living… Read More »

What you need to know about estate planning for essential workers

Estate Planning for Essential Workers: Finding The Right “Prescription”

By Andre O. McDonald |

To all front-line and “essential” workers: Thank you for all of your hard work – day in and day out (and often evenings, nights, and weekends). You tirelessly give of yourself to care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Whether you are caring for them in a hospital, therapy room,… Read More »

The impact of COVID-19 on the senior community

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Senior Community

By Andre O. McDonald |

Around the first of the year, the lives of Americans changed forever. A new virus, CODIV-19, began to spread across our country. The virus, part of a worldwide pandemic, spread quickly and silently. Virtually all aspects of life changed – businesses closed down, social distancing became a new norm, and toilet paper and hand… Read More »

What you need to know about state estate and inheritance tax

State Estate and Inheritance Tax: What They Are, If Your State Has Them, and How to Plan Accordingly

By Andre O. McDonald |

The federal gift and estate tax exclusion is currently very high—$11.58 million for an individual and $23.16 million for a married couple in 2020. As a result, only very wealthy people currently need to be concerned that their estates will be taxable at the federal level, at least until 2026, when the increased exclusion… Read More »

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