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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 »

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 »

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 »

The risks of DIY Wills

The Risks of DIY Wills

By Andre O. McDonald |

There has been an explosion in the numbers of Americans rushing to make their will online. Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has created the scramble to set up wills and end-of-life-directives. However, online do it yourself wills, (or “DIY wills”) are often deemed invalid as they do not comply with all of the legal requirements… 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 »

What you must know about the basics of estate planning for military families

Estate Planning for Military Families: Are You Protected? (UPDATED: August 2019)

By Andre O. McDonald |

No matter the time of year, it is always a good opportunity for members of the military and their loved ones to consider setting up — or revising an existing —estate plan. Military families need to consider special estate-planning issues that others do not. This is particularly true when one or more family members… Read More »

Holographic wills: are they enforceable?

Are Handwritten Intentions Enforceable? Princess Diana Thought So…

By Andre O. McDonald |

Princess Diana of Wales was one of the world’s most loved celebrities – and one of the richest. Her tragic death in 1997 was world news. The majority of her estate, reportedly worth $40 million at the time of her death, was divided between Prince William and Prince Harry in her estate plan. However,… Read More »

The importance of including long-term care in your estate plan

Why Factoring Long-Term Care into Your Estate Plan Pays Off

By Andre O. McDonald |

For most people, thinking about estate planning means focusing on what will happen to their money after they pass away. But that misses one pretty significant consideration: the need to plan for long-term care. The last thing any of us want to contend with when a health issue arises later in life is having… Read More »

Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples: Til' Death Do Us Part, Too!

‘Till Death Do Us Part, Too: Estate Planning Tips for Commitment Without Marriage

By Andre O. McDonald |

Advice columnist Ann Landers once observed that “love is friendship that has caught fire.” If that’s true, there are thousands of ways for that blaze to unfold. For many Americans, such devotion and passion do not need to be neatly formalized as marriage.   In fact, our cultural norms are shifting, and quickly. Consider… Read More »

3 Coping Strategies for the Overwhelmed Personal Representative

3 Tips for the Overwhelmed Personal Representative

By Andre O. McDonald |

While it is an honor to be named as personal representative (executor) of a will or estate, it can also be a sobering and daunting responsibility. Being a personal representative requires a high level of organization, foresight, and attention to detail to meet all responsibilities and ensure that all beneficiaries receive the assets to… Read More »

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