Getting Remarried: Avoiding Estate Planning Mistakes

After Lori’s first marriage ended in divorce, she told her three adult children that she would never remarry. That was until she met Chris. After dating him for five years, and realizing that they were meant to be, Chris proposed … [Read more...]

The Estate Planning of Prince, Harper Lee, and David Bowie

In 2016 so far, we have said farewell to some of the most legendary names in music, film, literature, and television, including Prince, Harper Lee, and David Bowie — all within the first four months of the year. While nothing can … [Read more...]

I’m Not Dead Yet!

Q. When my Aunt Barbara died in 2002, my cousins had to rely on the legal system to help negotiate with their half-brother over her estate. To sell her personal possessions, the family had a large auction. They all agreed to keep … [Read more...]

Spooky or Reassuring? Posthumous Messages from Loved Ones

Image from express.co.uk Imagine you had a letter from someone who was likely to pass away – could you resist reading it?  Morgan received a letter from her cancer-stricken brother-in-law, Jack, to be opened after his … [Read more...]

Giving Money to Your Children (while you’re still alive)

Janet's granddaughter, Grace, recently got accepted to veterinary school. Janet is thrilled at this huge accomplishment, and would like to give Grace a gift of $40,000 ($10,000 a year), to help her pay for school, so she wouldn't … [Read more...]

Don’t Attempt this on Your Own

Q. My Aunt Linda is very stubborn. She has been divorced twice, has three kids, two step-children, and a grandchild on the way. She did her estate planning documents when she was married to her first husband, and insists on making … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Estate Planning Needed for Cohabitating Couples?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I live with my boyfriend, Rich, in a house we own together. For a number of reasons, we have decided not to get married, but will continue to cohabitate for the foreseeable future. Why would people in … [Read more...]

“Life Reimagined”- Guidance for Retirement Planning

Are you at a point in your life where you’re asking, “What’s next?” You’ve finished one chapter and you have yet to write the next one, and this one involves an empty nest, no more commuting to the office,  lots more time for … [Read more...]

A Year Later: Robin Williams’ Family is Still at Odds

Robin Williams with his son, Zak, and his wife, Susan in 2012. Photo from New York Times Many wealthy people die having done inadequate estate planning, or none at all. This was not the case with late comedian Robin Williams, … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Leave that to Me!

Source: dalje.com Q. My aunt Bettina (Betty) has over 6,000 Barbie dolls, worth more than $150,000, that she mentioned she may leave to me when she does her estate planning. Although they are valuable, I am secretly hoping she … [Read more...]