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March 2017 Archives

The importance of a will as part of an estate plan

A will is an important center piece of any effective estate plan. Wills account for the property and assets of the estate planner and how the estate planner wants property and assets distributed. There are certain elements for a will to be valid so to achieve the wishes of the estate planner, it is helpful to be familiar with those rules and ensure that the will is properly executed.

Tips for reducing or completely avoiding probate

The cost and time involved with probate can be a lot to handle. Probate also comes with a loss of privacy and control as the court decides how your estate will be distributed. If you are concerned about these aspects of probate, be encouraged that there are actions you can take to reduce or even avoid the process. Here are some tips for making the asset distribution process easier.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy can help with foreclosure concerns

When a family faces the threat and fear of foreclosure, it can be unsettling and stressful. The harm of losing a family home can seldom be overstated. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is one resource that may be useful to help avoid the foreclosure of a family home. Chapter 13 bankruptcy can provide foreclosure assistance to a family struggling to make their mortgage payments.

How to avoid the probate process

No one, in the history of mankind, has ever used the words "fun" to describe the probate process. In fact, it can be so drawn out, complicated and expensive that most people look for a way around it at all costs. Luckily, there are ways to get around it.

Estate planning tips for an effective estate plan

An effective estate plan is important for everyone yet is something not everybody takes the time to consider and develop. Effective estate planning is important because it can provide peace of mind for both the estate planner and the estate planner's family and loved ones, as well as setting out an effective transfer of assets and address other considerations as well. A few estate planning tips can be helpful for establishing a through and effective estate plan.

Estate plans and family owned businesses

Most people in San Diego who own and operate a family business are too busy running the company to give much thought to what will happen to the business after they die. An owner's preoccupation with the present is understandable, but continued inattention to preserving the business after the founder dies or retires is an invitation for disaster. A forward-looking estate plan can ensure that the business will pass to the founder's children, or other heirs, with a minimum of conflict and a significant savings in federal and state taxes.


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