Jeffrey Epstein’s Will and the Lessons Learned

Earlier this year, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead inside his jail cell in New York City.  Interestingly, two days prior to his death, he wrote an estate plan and will. As estate planning attorneys, we’ve been asked if putting an estate plan together right before death is a common thing that happens. The answer [...]

2019-12-03T11:11:21-05:00Tuesday, December 3, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

This Just In: You Already Have An Estate Plan!

What is an Estate and an Estate Plan? When people hear the word “estate,” some may think of movie-like mansions, sprawled across the mountains with swimming pools and acres of land. However, an estate refers to any assets that you have. This means anything that belongs to you. An estate plan contains a variety of [...]

How to find a Will

On occasion, we tend to forget where we've placed things. It could be losing track of where you placed the car keys inside the house, or your wallet. Believe it or not, a will can also be misplaced, despite the importance of the document. It may not be the result of forgetting where it was. [...]

2019-10-15T09:40:30-05:00Tuesday, October 15, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Funeral, Burial Expenses and the Estate

Funeral and burial expenses are things you just don't like to think about. If not the expenses, then at the very least, you don't like it because you're saying goodbye to someone you've loved or cared for greatly in your lifetime. If those don't even move the needle, then think about this: the decedent's estate [...]

Reading of the Will: Is it Real or Not?

Reading of the will, a moment in probate that is over dramatized. We see it often in the theater or on television where there's this big, revealing scene. The beneficiary walks into a swanky office of a high profile lawyer. Joining you are other beneficiaries who are also scheduled to learn of what they've inherited. [...]

2019-09-24T07:47:52-05:00Tuesday, September 24, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Living Will for College-Bound Children?

It's around this time of the year when we receive phone calls from parents. Generally, it's usually the children who come to us and talk about estate planning for their parent(s).This time however, it's the parents who are coming to us to inquire about estate planning for their children. Why? Because their children are leaving [...]

2019-09-18T09:06:12-05:00Wednesday, September 18, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, guardianship, medicaid planning, Will|0 Comments

Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]

Estate Planning for the Millennials – An Open Letter

For our generation, estate planning is often the last thing on our minds. Many millennials are struggling to make ends meet, overwhelmed by student loans and trying to get their finances in order. However, a proper estate plan can provide financial security for your loved ones and carry out your wishes following your death or [...]

What Makes A Valid Will?

A will is a record of an individual's assets and where and whom they are distributed to. Over time, our society has adopted more interpretations of wills. There's oral wills, written wills, holographic wills and more. There was even a story of a man writing his will on a tractor that crushed and killed [...]