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Joint Tenants vs. Tenants in Common: What is the difference?

real estate Jun 03, 2020

Have you made sure that your spouse is the beneficiary on all your investments and life insurance policies? What about your house, car and RV trailers?

Several times a year, our office is hired to Probate a Will because a spouse has passed away and it wasn’t until after the death that the surviving spouse realized everything was not jointly owned. This can be a...

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Protecting a Different Kind of Property: Stored Genetic Material

estate planning May 27, 2020

Estate Planning is about protecting what matters the most. Over the course of my 18 years practicing law I have come across a wide variety of property that needs to be included in our clients’ Will.

Recently we had to deal with a unique type of “property”… the cryogenically frozen embryos and sperm of our clients. With cryogenic freezing, it is possible for children to...

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Separation vs. Divorce: Is there a difference when estate planning?

estate planning May 20, 2020

When couples split up, the last thing they’re thinking is, “What happens if I die?” Breakups are emotionally difficult times, with many hard decisions. But the ramifications of a split are magnified when the parties do not go through with a divorce.

Many people think the mere act of “separating” will result in cancelling their partners in their Wills, estate plans,...

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Should you hire a trust company to handle your estate?

The demand for professional Trust and Estate administration is an area that is experiencing significant growth. This growth is caused by a number of factors including our ageing population, our modern family structures, and the vast distances that spread family members apart.

Estate professionals are being asked to step in and help families resolve emotionally charged family disputes.

There are...

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Why Appointing Children as Executor Can Be a Mistake

estate planning executor May 06, 2020

We all hope that when we are gone, our family members will work together to settle our estate.  Unfortunately, our office sees many estates where the testator created a Will filled with some common problems.

One of the most common problems we see is where a testator appoints all their children as their Executors.  This is a mistake.

If your family members do not get along, they...

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COVID-19 Update: A thank you message.

miscellaneous May 01, 2020
 

A video message from our founding lawyer, on behalf of Estate Connection.

Thank you for the steps that each of you are taking to keep our community safe. Whether you are a healthcare worker, an essential business, or a citizen practicing social distancing, you are all doing your part and we are all in this together.

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The Importance of Advanced Care Planning

One of the most abused legal documents is the Power of Attorney. It can give power to a person who might misuse it and leave you powerless in controlling your own life. The same goes for a Personal Care Directive because if this document is ill-prepared, you could end up receiving medical care in a way you never wanted. However, without these documents, you and your family could face costly...

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Leaving Behind a Legacy of Love

estate planning Apr 22, 2020

Death and taxes. You might be able to avoid taxes, but you cannot escape death. It is not a topic most people want to talk about, so many of us are not prepared for the legal issues that come with dying and incapacitation. That is why making your Will and other estate planning documents are important.

At Estate Connection Law Office, we can help relieve that stress for you and your loved ones....

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Eight Questions to Ask About Your Will

estate planning wills Apr 15, 2020
  1. Do you have the original Will?
  2. Is there an Affidavit of Witness attached to the Will to show that the Will is genuine?
  3. Is your estate still being distributed the way you would like, including charities to provide a tax benefit?
  4. If you have minor beneficiaries, do you have a trust in the Will?
  5. Have you indicated funeral instructions or information on organ donation?
  6. If you are contributing to...
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Applying for a Grant

estates probate Apr 08, 2020

Many assume that if they make a Will all their worries are over. While that may be true for some, if your Will wasn’t properly prepared, your family may face expensive and lengthy litigation. Upon your death, your executor has a long list of things they must do to start safeguarding your estate. These include informing family and friends, locating the Will, preparing the funeral,...

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