Estate Planning for Every Stage of Life

Q. I am a middle age divorcee who lives in a condominium complex with people of all ages, some who rent and others who own. My next door neighbors are a 60-year-old couple who have been married for 35 years, and on the other side … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Should I do with my Valuable Collectibles?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I have a huge collection of clown dolls that I haven't had appraised, but I know are worth a lot based on Internet research. My adult children don't want them because my grandchildren think they look … [Read more...]

Downsizing So It’s Not So Overwhelming

Q. My parents knew it was time to downsize soon after my son (their grandson) Logan was born. They started to re-evaluate what’s important to them at this stage in life and decided that their health and family were more important … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What if Nobody Wants My Stuff?

Dear Angel, I am thinking about moving to a senior living community sometime in the near future. So, now is the time to start figuring out what to do with the houseful of furniture, artwork, china, crystal, jewelry, and … [Read more...]

With the New Tax Law and Life Changes, it’s Time to Review Your Estate Plan

Q. Throughout the last decade, I have gone through so many changes in my life. Nine years ago, my wife passed away. A few years later our daughter got married, followed by my other daughter, followed by me getting remarried. Now I … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Estate Planning for Your Pet

Dear Bebe, I inherited a macaw from my deceased sister several years ago. My husband and I are in our 60s, but I know these birds can live long time and could be around a lot longer than us. I don't know anyone personally who … [Read more...]

The Graduation Gift Every 18-year-old Really Needs

Q. My daughter, Becca, is graduating from high school next week and attending college in Richmond in the fall. We couldn't be more proud of all of her accomplishments. We are thrilled that she is just a little over two hours away, … [Read more...]

Muddy Waters’ Family Still Singing the Blues: An Estate Plan Still Not Settled After 35 Years

Dan just turned 65 and is beginning to tackle the items on his bucket list. Recently, he was able to check off an item that was near the top—a trip to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras, see the French Quarter, eat a beignet at … [Read more...]

Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Q. My family is not what many would consider "ordinary." I am divorced and have been remarried for five years. I have a 40-year-old stepdaughter, a 25-year-old daughter, and a 10-year-old grandson, all of whom reside with us. My … [Read more...]

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C.?

Q. I am retired and recently moved to the DC area to be closer to my daughter, her husband, and my three grandchildren. I have lived a pretty simple life, and don't have a lot. Although I am now in my early 70’s, I have never done … [Read more...]