If you have a child with autism, planning for the future can be daunting – but it is necessary to ensure a successful life for your autistic child after you are gone.  As a parent of a child with autism, you are likely concerned with financially providing for that child, as well as making certain…

It is not uncommon that family members, predominantly female family members, have provided a majority of care to their aging loved ones.  Today, middle-aged adults, known as the “Sandwich Generation,” are those who are caught between the demands of caring for their children and providing care to their aging parents. The number of individuals who…

A will is a legal document that coordinates the distribution of your assets after death.  Unfortunately, there are circumstances when disputes occur among surviving family members that can lead to a will contest.  Say, for example, your grandmother had indicated that she wanted to leave all of her assets to her children and grandchildren.  However,…

The internet makes information much more accessible than ever before, and with that accessibility, many people feel more comfortable attempting to do things themselves.  It is easy to search engines to find Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) guides and instructions for just about anything.  However, many projects should be left to professionals – including legal documents.  In my…

A traditional “nuclear family,” typically consists of a mother, father, and two children.  However, what makes up a typical family structure in our society has shifted to a more complex structure, including step-children, cohabitation, same-sex couples, and blended family structures.  While basic estate planning principles are similar for any family, there may be extra steps…

I was recently asked by a new client what I find to be the main thing couples struggle with when it comes to making, and agreeing on, estate planning decisions.  It was an easy answer – naming who will be the guardian(s) of their children. Not only is this an important decision, but it is…

It’s a New Year, and for many people that means a time to regroup and reset. It’s a time to reflect on finances, health, habits and goals – and to visualize what you would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Most common New Year’s goals include improving health, increasing exercise, and making better financial…

It is common that an event or experience will cause someone to take steps to start their estate planning.  In my experience, it is the expecting, or birth, of a baby that most often leads people into my office.  It may seem that amidst buying baby clothes and developing a birth plan, estate planning would…

Legally, pets are classified as property, but to owners, they mean much more than that.  Pets are companions, best friends, and members of the family. For many people, pets are an integral part of the family.  A pet gives unconditional love. But what happens to our pets when we can no longer care for them?…

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin With this famous line written in 1789, Benjamin Franklin offered a friend some wisdom that has become one of his most-quoted quips.  While some taxes are certain, Estate and Inheritance tax laws continue to evolve.  An Estate Tax is…

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