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The importance of understanding the connection between life insurance and estate planning

Understanding the Connection Between Life Insurance and Estate Planning

By Andre O. McDonald |

A common misconception people have about life insurance and estate planning is that they only need to designate their spouse, child, or loved one as the beneficiary of the life insurance policy to ensure that the benefits will be available to the beneficiary when they die. Life insurance is an important financial and estate… Read More »

Is DIY Remodeling of your estate plan a smart idea?

National Home Remodeling Month: Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Do you know that, according to the National Association of Home Builders, May is National Home Remodeling Month? Many people associate spring with cleaning out the old, brushing off the dirt accumulated from the long winter, and starting projects around the house that have been neglected for far too long. Perhaps, however, your home… Read More »

Why (legally) adult children need powers of attorney

Coming of Age and Powers of Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

When your child turns 18 (in most states), it might be hard to imagine that the little child who once needed you for everything has now become – overnight – an adult. Now your child is free to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions, sign contracts, and live… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ways to hold title to property in Maryland and Washington, DC

Ways to Hold Title to Property in Maryland and the District of Columbia

By Andre O. McDonald |

For many people, real property, including their home, is a big part of their overall net worth. How the home and other pieces of real property is titled deserves careful consideration. Real estate constitutes the land and any structure, including vegetation, crops, and other natural resources that sit on the land under the state’s… Read More »

The keys to estate planning for blended families

What You Need to Know About Estate Planning for Blended Families

By Andre O. McDonald |

The structure of families has changed in the United States: According to statistics cited by the Pew Research Center, six out of ten women who remarry are in blended families, and in about half of those remarriages, stepchildren live with the remarried couple. If you or your grown children are part of a family… Read More »

Your Divorce Decree: The First Step in Estate Planning

Your Divorce Decree: The First Step in Estate Planning

By Andre O. McDonald |

You have recently divorced your spouse and the judge has signed the divorce decree. Now what? Although you may feel as though you have spent enough time and money on lawyers, there is one last attorney you need to talk to: an estate planning attorney. Failing to update your estate plan after divorce can… Read More »

5 things you should make sure that your medical power of attorney agent is clear about

5 Important Things Your Medical Power of Attorney Agent Needs to Know

By Andre O. McDonald |

Even if you are currently the picture of good health, you may suddenly become too ill to make healthcare decisions for yourself or become unconscious after an accident, needing someone to stand in your shoes to make those decisions for you. A medical power of attorney is a crucial part of your estate plan… Read More »

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