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3 things to do if your trustee is unresponsive

What to Do if Your Trustee Is Unresponsive

By Andre O. McDonald |

A trustee has a duty under the law to communicate with beneficiaries and keep them reasonably informed as to the progress of the trust administration. In Maryland and the District of Columbia, such duty to inform may require the trustee to give beneficiaries a copy of the trust document, provide information regarding the anticipated… Read More »

What is HEMS in estate planning, and why is it used so often in trusts?

What Is HEMS and Why Is It Included in So Many Trusts?

By Andre O. McDonald |

In the world of estate planning, you may come across the acronym HEMS from time to time. HEMS stands for “health, education, maintenance, or support” and is frequently included in trust agreements to guide a trustee on the types of distributions they may make to a trust beneficiary. When a trustee is limited to… Read More »

Understanding the different types of trusts

Understanding the Different Types of Trusts: Living, Testamentary, and Constructive

By Andre O. McDonald |

In the world of estate planning, terms that refer to legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. What is a will, and how does it differ from a trust? What distinguishes a springing power of attorney from an immediate power of… Read More »

Strategies for coping with pandemic uncertainty

Coping With More Days of Pandemic Uncertainty

By Andre O. McDonald |

We have vaccines, however the rollout has been slower than expected. COVID-19 is raging throughout many states. So how do we continue to maintain strong mental health during the next several months after enduring so much already? The human being is hardwired to evaluate risks that can interfere with our wellbeing. However, these evolved… 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 »

A guide to online estate planning during COVID-19

Online Estate Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic from Start to Finish

By Andre O. McDonald |

As you have probably heard by now, keeping physical distance between us is crucial to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Call or email McDonald Law Firm to find out how we can help you complete your online estate planning during COVID-19, without taking a single step outside the safe confines of your… Read More »

Trusts and probate in Maryland: what you need to know

My Trust is Signed, No Probate for My Family Right?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Planning ahead has obvious benefits. Whether you’re planning a vacation or researching for a job interview, it’s always smart to outline your priorities and anticipate potential challenges that may arise. Planning your estate has similar benefits. With plans clearly established, your wealth and assets are protected should you pass away or become incapacitated. It’s… Read More »

Spendthrift trust: solution for financially irresponsible heirs?

How a Spendthrift Trust Keeps Your Heirs from Blowing their Inheritance

By Andre O. McDonald |

There are many tools that can be used when putting together your estate plan. One such tool- a trust- is a fiduciary arrangement, established by a grantor or trustmaker, which gives a third party (known as a trustee) the authority to manage assets on behalf of one or more persons (known as a beneficiaries). Since… Read More »

Estate Planning in 2018: New Tax Laws and Other Key Considerations

How New Tax Laws Will Impact Estate Planning in 2018

By Andre O. McDonald |

With 2017 now relegated to history, including Congress passing (and President Trump signing into law) the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the question as we look ahead to 2018 now becomes: how do these new tax laws affect my estate plan? With that in mind, let’s consider a few things to watch regarding estate planning,… Read More »

3 Estate Planning Myths You Should be Aware of in Columbia, MD and beyond

Estate Planning Myths: Why Me, Why Now … and is a Will Enough?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Marylanders – you have worked hard for years, have family members and friends you care about, and have approached a time in your life when “estate planning” sounds like something you should do … but you are not exactly sure why. You may feel that you are not wealthy enough – or not old… Read More »

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