Last Will and Testament Help Guides

Essential Estate Planning Updates to Make After You Get Divorced
Divorce holds considerable implications not only for your financial future, but also for the future of your loved ones and even your medical care. To that end, it is imperative that you revisit your estate plan as soon as you seek divorce or separation. Keep the following estate planning considerations in mind as you proceed with your divorce. Befor...
How to Leave an Heir Out of Your Will
When the multi-married actor Henry Fonda died in 1982, he left his estate to his fifth wife, to whom he was married at the time of his death, and one child he had adopted with his third wife. He specifically left nothing to his other two children, the actors Peter and Jane Fonda, who he had fathered with his second wife. The words Fonda used in his...
Understanding the Probate Process
Probate can sound like a terrifying word and an even more terrifying process. However, it does not have to be. You can easily navigate the process when you understand the ins and outs of it. In fact, the probate process can consist of as little as four steps, so there is no need to overcomplicate it in your mind. What Is Probate? Probate is a common...
7 Key Estate Planning Steps to Follow When You Have Kids
As a new or soon-to-be parent, you begin to realize that there is very little you would not do to protect your beloved children. Babyproofing your home and finding the perfect car seat are important steps, of course, but have you created a contingency plan to ensure your child continues to receive amazing care once you are no longer around? Do you k...
Estate Planning: When to Update Your Plan and Why
If you have an estate plan already in place, then you have started off on the right path. If you do not have one yet, it is time to get one drawn up so you can have a plan in place. However, once you have your estate plan made, it is not......
Components of an Estate Plan and How to Determine What You Need
An estate plan is something that everyone should have in place. Whether you only need one estate planning document or all of them will depend on your specific situation. While you may already have one component, such as a will, it may not be......
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......
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......
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...
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......