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What Does It Mean to Have a Guardian?

Guardianships aren’t the most commonly talked about part of caring for elders, but unfortunately, they do become occasionally necessary. Not everyone has a power of attorney set up before they become incapacitated, either because they put it off until it is too late, or because the onset of their incapacitating condition is so sudden, they have no time to prepare. Either way, it is important to know what a guardian is, just in case a guardian becomes necessary for you or your loved ones. Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Have a Guardian?”

What is a Testamentary Trust?

If you are thinking about planning your estate, you may already know the benefits of having a will. However, it is important to know the tools you have available to you for estate planning beyond executing a simple last will and testament. One such tool is known as the testamentary trust, and depending on your needs, it can be an essential part of your estate plan. Continue reading “What is a Testamentary Trust?”

Medical Bills Remain Biggest Cause of Bankruptcy in US

There is an image that some people hold about people who declare bankruptcy, that they are irresponsible or can’t control their spending habits. However, according to CNBC, medical bills are a key factor in as much as two-thirds of all bankruptcies in the United States based on a recent research study. Unfortunately, this trend of “medical bankruptcy” is nothing new and, according to the study cited by CNBC, has been at roughly the same level for the past decade. Continue reading “Medical Bills Remain Biggest Cause of Bankruptcy in US”

Shortcutting Conflict in Your Will

Unsurprisingly, a person’s last will and testament can be a major source of conflict for any family, even if that family typically gets along well. There can be fights over who gets to keep money, houses, cars, and other valuables, of course, but also fights over precious heirlooms and other things that have emotional value, even if they aren’t worth much monetarily. Fortunately, there are things you can do when you’re writing your will to preempt these kinds of conflicts. Continue reading “Shortcutting Conflict in Your Will”

Is an LLC Right for You?

You may have seen the letters “LLC” next to a company name and wondered what it meant. Or perhaps you have heard of LLCs before, but wondered what the point of them was, or what made them different from corporations. Fortunately, LLCs aren’t too hard to understand as an idea, and forming your own LLC can have many advantages, depending on your individual circumstances. Continue reading “Is an LLC Right for You?”

Things to Check When You Buy Real Estate

If you are looking to purchase real estate, whether it’s for your home, or your business, or for any other reason, there are a few things you’ll want to do before you seal the deal. Of course, there are the obvious things, such as having the property inspected for mold, termites or structural issues. However, there are other, less obvious problems that can give you a big headache later. Continue reading “Things to Check When You Buy Real Estate”

Going Bankrupt Isn’t the End of the Line

When you are deep in debt and considering bankruptcy, it can seem almost like the end of the world. With your finances underwater, with more debt than you can reasonably handle, declaring bankruptcy can feel like giving up, and you might not know how to climb back up. Fortunately, however, bankruptcy can be the first step to recovering your financial future, provided you are prudent about how you handle yourself. Continue reading “Going Bankrupt Isn’t the End of the Line”

What is a Living Trust, and Why Would You Want One?

In the context of estate planning, you might sometimes hear about “living trusts,” also called revocable trusts or inter vivos trusts. Living trusts are useful tools for anyone trying to plan for their future under certain circumstances, as they can allow you to fully marshal all assets of your estate prior to your death in lieu of having a last will and testament. Living trusts can create some security for you and your loved ones, since you direct how the trust will be managed and distributed according to your wishes even when you are not there to take care of your family anymore. Continue reading “What is a Living Trust, and Why Would You Want One?”

The Fiduciary Duty of an Estate’s Executor

When a person dies with a last will and testament, it becomes the duty of someone (usually someone dictated within the will itself) to execute the will of the deceased. On the one hand, it is an honor to be trusted with carrying out someone else’s will. On the other hand, it comes with a lot of work and potential liabilities, and it can be helpful to know what you’re getting into, in case you or someone you know is making a decision about who they want to be the executor of their estate. Continue reading “The Fiduciary Duty of an Estate’s Executor”

Bankruptcy, Credit and You

Bankruptcy, Credit and YouWhen you’re deep in debt, it can feel like there’s no way out. Bankruptcy can offer relief by discharging some or all your existing debts, but many people fear the effect that declaring bankruptcy will have on their credit ratings. After all, declaring bankruptcy can impact a person’s credit, making it harder to do things like getting credit cards, applying for loans or looking for a new apartment or home. Continue reading “Bankruptcy, Credit and You”