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Month: March 2016

How to tell your heirs about an estate plan

Creating an estate plan is a tremendous first step for you and your family. Updating your estate plan and ensuring it covers all of the crucial areas that compose your life is even more important. But what does it all mean if you have this estate plan and your heirs...

What happens to your debt after you die?

When someone passes away, their loved ones and family members will be grieving. It's a tough time for those close to the deceased, and no one truly wants to deal with the serious matters that need to be addressed in the immediate aftermath of a death. Estate...

The Basic Types of Charitable Trusts

Being able to give back to your community may be one of your estate planning goals and it is a commendable one. If you are looking for a legal instrument to help with charitable giving even when you are gone, a trust could provide that avenue for you. In California,...

Why avoiding probate can be very beneficial

Probate is actually a simple process. It is the act of transferring someone's property upon their death. It may seem surprising for probate to be so simple because probate has a reputation of being a costly and difficult procedure. This is indeed true -- probate can...

When a trust ends, what happens?

Many people turn to trusts in their estate plans because it gives them a lot of control over how they turn their assets over to their beneficiaries, while also allowing them to avoid probate on those assets. But a trust isn't forever. Eventually, it is applied and the...