The Positive Death Movement

The Positive Death Movement

Death has typically been a taboo subject in our culture. We all know that it will eventually happen to us, but we generally do not like to think or talk about it. Even those people who have strong religious beliefs that they will go to a much better place after they pass away do not […]

Where to Start with Your Will

Where to Start with Your Will

People often hesitate to create their will because it can seem like an overwhelming task to decide where you want your property to go after you pass away. There are many things to think about, and people sometimes put off these decisions because they are just not certain about everything. For this reason, it is […]

How You Can Take Charge of Your Estate Plan

How You Can Take Charge of Your Estate Plan

You may be working with an attorney to draft your estate plan, but the process is not entirely in their hands. In fact, much of what the attorney does depends on you. The attorney assists you by committing to paper the goals for your estate and how it is divided among your beneficiaries. Therefore, the […]

Going out with a Bang: Unforgettable Last Wishes

Going out with a Bang: Unforgettable Last Wishes

As you give thought to who you might want to give assets to on your passing, or where you would like to choose as your final resting place, here are a few fun examples to get you thinking: Becoming one with your work Sometimes passion for one’s work can become consuming. For Mark Gruenwald, that […]

Wills for Kids and Other Legal Formalities

Wills for Kids and Other Legal Formalities

You may have seen the humorous Scarfolk blog that discusses the “Junior Last Will & Testament”, an easy to read pre-mortem legal document for children. As quoted from the Scarfolk humour blog: “While it familiarised children with the inevitability of their demises in a fun way, it also introduced them to their civic obligations. For example, […]

Oregon Gives You Control Over Transfer of Digital Assets and Accounts

Oregon Gives You Control Over Transfer of Digital Assets and Accounts

So much of our business and personal lives is transacted online.  Our clients have serious concerns around how digital assets and accounts are managed after death.  You may be surprised that online service providers were not required to follow your directives after death or during your incapacity.  Who is in control: you or the online […]

Is it Time to Update My Estate Plan?

Is it Time to Update My Estate Plan?

There are many reasons to review and update your will and other estate planning documents. Below is a partial checklist of events that may prompt you to do so. Birth or Death. If a beneficiary, trustee, or personal representative named in your estate plan has died, your plan should be updated to remove the name. Otherwise […]

Preserving Family Harmony After a Death

Preserving Family Harmony After a Death

After eighteen years of helping families through probate and post death administration, I have seen many family feuds. These emotional and costly fights are rarely about big assets like retirement funds, investment accounts or real estate. Families fight about “stuff” – sentimental items, family heirlooms, jewelry, furniture, and art. Most of these items have little […]

Analysis of Ron Swanson’s Last Will and Testament

Analysis of Ron Swansons Last Will and Testament

In Episode 5 of Season 6 of the TV show Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson (played by actor Nick Offerman) showed his Last Will and Testament to Ben Wyatt (played by actor Adam Scott). Ben asked Ron if he would be a witness to his Will and Ron responded by showing him his own Will […]

Are Your Heirs Ready?

Are Your Heirs Ready?

Everyone is aware that it is not a good idea to let minor children inherit a lot of wealth and leave them to manage it on their own. The money would likely be wasted, the children are at risk of exploitation, and the children might then lack any motivation to go to school and find […]

Probate and the Problem with Cryptocurrency

Probate and the Problem with Cryptocurrency

At the age of 21, Matthew Mellon, a member of the famous family of bankers, inherited $25 million through a trust created for his benefit. Illustrating the dangers of giving that much money to someone so young, Mellon developed costly habits, and passed away at the age of 54 on his way to rehab. If […]

Getting Organized

Getting Organized

Have you have ever needed to find a particular document but could not remember exactly where you put it? If the answer is yes, then you know how frustrating it can be to locate one piece out of a sea of documents. For example, if you need your birth certificate and the last time you […]

Reasons for Estate Planning

Reasons for Estate Planning

People who do not have estate plans often wonder why they should get one. People want to know what benefits they and their family can get by setting up an estate plan. In large part, this depends on individual circumstances. What assets a person has, how valuable those assets are, and who they should go […]

Wills Go Through Probate for a Reason

Wills Go Through Probate for a Reason

When planning for their estates, many people consider whether it is better for them to get a will or a trust. Much of this consideration centers on the probate process because many people assume that wills and trusts do the same things. People may know that wills have to go through probate, while trusts do […]