Critter Corner: A New Docubank Feature — My Medical Snapshot

Dear Bebe, I carry around my DocuBank Card, and love the peace of mind of having it in my wallet. I have one concern, however. What if I was too incapacitated and in the emergency room. How would doctors know about my medical … [Read more...]

The Biggest Misconceptions About A Power of Attorney

Q. My lifelong friend, Peter, has an aunt who was never married and never had children of her own. Peter was the closest family member she had, but she was not a very trusting person, and didn't trust Peter or anyone, especially … [Read more...]

Your Last Wishes Can be as Unique as You Are

Katie was born on July 4th. She got married on that day also and gave birth to her son on July 6th (he was due on the 4th). She was in the military and is a proud American. For her, Independence Day and fireworks have special … [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...]

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...]