Estate Planning Help Guides

How Can Business Owners Use Trusts to Their Advantage?
Protecting your business assets is imperative, especially if you are planning for future generations to take over the business. Incorporating your business or setting up a limited liability company (LLC) provides some personal protection, but......
An Overview of Trusts
Trusts can be very valuable tools that individuals can use within their estate plan. They are one aspect of a larger plan, and when used correctly, they can have many different benefits. They are not the best move for everyone, however. Having......
7 Reasons to Think about Estate Planning When Starting a New Business
Americans generally prefer not to think too much about what will happen to their assets and loved ones when they pass away. An estate planning survey by Harris Interactive revealed some surprising statistics about the number of adult Americans......
Your Estate Planning List to Get Ready for the New Year
With the New Year approaching, it is often the time when people make plans for the future. No matter what age you are, you should still have an estate plan. Something unexpected could happen to you at any time. Losing your life is rarely......
What You Need to Know About Using Affidavits
An “affidavit” is a written statement that is considered made under oath. It is only valid when made voluntarily and without coercion. When you sign an affidavit, you are asserting that the information is true and that you have personal......
Establishing and Funding a Single or Joint Revocable Living Trust
A revocable living trust sets out how your property will be managed and distributed during your lifetime or after your death. You transfer legal ownership of various property interests (as opposed to beneficial interests) into the trust and a......
Ultimate Guide to Estate Planning
Death is a fact of life. Some of us die young while others live to a ripe old age. That’s one fact we simply can’t get around. Yet even while we know that someday the inevitable will happen, most of us aren’t prepared for it. Do you really want to leave your loved ones in a quandary about your estate? Wills, trusts, and estate plans aren’t just for...
How to Create an Affidavit of Domicile
An affidavit of domicile is a short legal document that helps to establish a person’s place of residence following his or her death. The document is primarily used in probate court, which is the court that helps distribute the decedent’s......
How to Create a Will Codicil
A will codicil is a document that allows you to amend a will you have already created. Will codicils are best used for relatively small or short changes that don’t require extensive revision of the will. Otherwise, you should probably take a......
8 Unusual Ways to Use Your Last Will and Testament
Certain conditions you put on gifts in your last will and testament might not be enforceable in court. Illegal conditions on gifts on grounds of public policy include: requiring a recipient to marry a specific person, requiring a recipient to......