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2014 State Death Tax Information

There have been some changes to state death taxes in several states. Learn all about these changes here.

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What Are the Top 6 Estate Planning Myths?

During my years of practice as an estate planning attorney, I came across many misconceptions about wills, trusts, probate and estate taxes. Read on to find out what I consider to be the top six estate planning myths.

How to Choose the Right Estate Planning Attorney

When it comes to locating and hiring the right attorney to assist you with meeting your estate planning goals, there are several factors you will need to consider. Learn what they are here.

What Happens to a Payable on Death Account When the Owner Dies?

Payable on death accounts, known as POD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Learn about all of the tax and other consequences of inheriting a POD account here.

Pros and Cons of Using Payable on Death Accounts to Avoid Probate

Payable on death accounts, or POD accounts for short, are a popular way to avoid probate in the U.S. Find out if a POD account is right for you.

What Laws Govern Probate of a Will in the United States?

Probate is the court-supervised process required to validate a Last Will and Testament and settle a deceased person's final affairs. Learn about the laws that govern probate in the United States here.

What is Probate of a Will?

Probate is the state court process used to authenticate a Last Will and Testament. Learn how probate of a Last Will works here.

How to Keep Your Estate Plan Private

Who you want to inherit your estate and who you want to put in charge of settling your final affairs should be private, personal matters, not something for the whole world to know. Learn how to keep your estate plan private and away from the public's prying eyes.

Do You Really Need a Revocable Living Trust?

Do you really need a Revocable Living Trust as part of your estate plan? Ask yourself the five questions listed in this article to determine the answer.

A Crash Course in Estate Planning

Estate planning is a complex subject that can be better understood by breaking it down into seven fundamental concepts.

How Property is Titled Dictates Who Inherits It After You Die

Each time an estate planning attorney sits down with a new client, the attorney asks what should be a simple question, but in reality it is usually one of the most difficult questions that the client must answer. Learn what this question is and why it is the one real key to good estate planning.

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