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What can cookies teach you about estate planning?

An easy way to understand estate planning is to look at it from a different angle. A cookie and its ability to transform into different flavors is an example of a way of understanding the concept of estate planning. It may sound crazy, but below are two flavors of cookies and some explanations of how these flavors connect with estate planning. Sugar cookie- A sugar cookie is a classic cookie and a staple in the cookie family. It tastes sweet and delicious. However, because there are no toppings, it keeps you wanting more. An example of a “sugar cookie” estate plan is an estate plan with the basics: Simple will Durable power of attorney Health care surrogate designation Living will Chocolate

How do you know you're choosing the right probate attorney?

For those of you who don’t know, probate is the legal process of establishing the validity of a will. This process can be very stressful, expensive and frustrating for a family, highlighting the need for the right probate attorney. However, there are also multiple ways to avoid probate. Read https://www.laurenrichardsonlaw.com/single-post/2017/12/08/Solutions-to-Avoid-Probate to learn a few. What are some traits you should look for when choosing a probate attorney? Below are some good ideas and examples of qualifications you should consider when deciding on an attorney for your specific needs. Understand your potential attorney’s expertise! When choosing the correct attorney, you want to mak

Who should be my beneficiary if I'm single?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 45 percent of adults, 18 and older, were single in the year 2017. This is a record breaking number! This just goes to show that marriage is no longer considered to be a crucial, necessary component of adulthood. So, what does this have to do with estate planning? Well, when a person is married and has a family, usually their children are named as the designated beneficiaries. What do you do if you don’t have any children? Below are some suggestions to think about and consider when developing an estate plan. The first people you should consider to be your beneficiaries are probably your relatives. Family members often have very special bonds with

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