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...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Make Changes to My Incapacity Plan?

Dear Ribbit, I saw the unthinkable happen to a friend of mine in college, and like most college students, he didn't have incapacity planning in place. I saw it as a sign and got my own planning in order. Now that I graduated, I … [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...]

Critter Corner: Why Are There So Many Problems With Prince’s Will Two Years After his Death?

Dear Magic, I read somewhere that Prince died two years ago, but his heirs have yet to inherit any of his 200 million dollar fortune. How can this be? Noah Money-Forthem ---- Dear Noah, It's true that it's been two … [Read more...]

The Best Way to “Disinherit” an Estranged Adult Child

Q. My adult daughter, Hallie, is from a previous marriage. I have been happily married to my second husband for 15 years, and we have supplied much love and finances to keep Hallie's family going through the years. We even placed … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Update Your Estate Planning Documents Now!

Dear Magic, My husband and I came to Evan's office to do our estate planning several years ago. We have had some family changes since then, such as our children got married and had children of their own. With all this happening … [Read more...]

Top 17 Articles of 2017

From the passing of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to offer much-needed support to caregivers, to Trump’s tax overhaul, we covered a lot of ground in 2017. It was a year that included a massive data breach, the ACA almost being … [Read more...]

What Happens to Debt When We Die?

Q. I was having a conversation with my father at Thanksgiving dinner this year about debt. I am middle-aged, and am in a long-term relationship, but have never been married. I currently have a lot of debt, including student loans … [Read more...]