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4 Warning Signs Your Elderly Relative May Be the Victim of Financial Abuse

01/19/2018 14:13:15 PM

Some of the most disturbing crimes against the elderly involve financial exploitation. While physical abuse is often easy to spot, financial abuse can be more difficult to detect, as victims often have no idea they’re being swindled until ...

Suze Orman Says This Is the Age You Should Retire—Not a Month or Year Before (and Here’s What She Misses)

01/13/2018 09:56:55 AM

If you’re middle aged or older, it’s likely that one of your most pressing concerns is not having enough money for retirement. And there’s good reason. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, a full third of Americans ...

4 Cryptocurrency Risks and Scams and How to Navigate Them — Part 2  

01/05/2018 07:41:05 AM

Last week, we shared the first part of our series on cryptocurrency risks and scams, and if you haven’t read it yet, you can do so here. In part two, we discuss two more common traps to be wary of when investing in digital currency. If you ...

A Will Prevents Probate, Right?

01/03/2018 05:44:54 AM

A Last Will and Testament does NOT PREVENT PROBATE!  People often think that if they have a Will, there is not probate.  Nothing is further from the truth. You Will is not active until you pass.  And then, court (probate) is required to ...

Blended Family Horror Story

12/31/2017 08:53:25 AM

I know a family whose dad passed away last year and left the vast majority of his property to the step-mom by operation of law after 20+ years of marriage.  That is, no Will or Trust required.  When step-mom passed, she left everything of ...

4 Cryptocurrency Risks and Scams and How to Navigate Them — Part 1

12/26/2017 12:57:59 PM

It’s no secret that Bitcoin and other brands of cryptocurrency are one of the hottest new investment opportunities.  And if you’re not already invested, you may be considering how to get in, what exactly is the best way to get in, and you ...

I Have Twins That Are Disabled, Can I Use One Trust?

12/20/2017 07:10:55 AM

As with all legal questions, it depends… First, do they both have the same level of disability?  Will they both qualify as disabled under the Social Security Definition?  If so, then you can setup one third-party Supplemental Needs Trust ...

New Bill is Potential Game Changer for Your Family’s Tax Strategy

12/19/2017 05:18:05 AM

If you follow the mainstream or social media news, you likely know the new Republican tax bill, which recently passed both the House and Senate, is a potential game changer for tax planning. Known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” both houses ...

What Happens if I Pass Without a Will?

12/13/2017 15:39:02 PM

What happens if you pass without a will depends on your assets and other planning. If you have literally no assets, other than maybe the clothes on your back, then nothing has to be done. If you have all of your assets in trust, then the trustee ...

Why Sue Yourself With Your Own Money?

12/11/2017 02:34:51 AM

That is just what Probate is! Probate is really nothing more than suing yourself, using your own money and assets, for the benefit of your creditors and detriment of your family! The post Why Sue Yourself With Your Own Money? appeared first ...

Pay For a Loved One’s Education With an Education Trust Fund

12/08/2017 09:38:23 AM

Today’s parents are all too familiar with the budget-busting cost of funding a child’s college education. It can be challenging enough to put aside sufficient savings for a single child’s education, but for multiple kids, the price tag ...

What is the Difference Between Trustee and Guardian?

12/06/2017 15:25:07 PM

The difference between trustee and guardian is immense.  It is like comparing apples and zebras. A guardian, in this context, is a person appointed by a court to make another person’s legal, financial, and healthcare decisions. A trustee ...

Guardianship Definition

12/04/2017 02:06:32 AM

One Guardianship Definition I like to use is this:  guardianship is the legal process of ripping away the legal rights of a person (the ward) and giving those rights to make decisions and manage money to another person (the guardian).  That ...

Attestation Clause

12/03/2017 16:09:55 PM

An attestation clause is a provision at the end of a Will that sets out the legal requirements of the Will and says those requirements have been met. By signing the attestation clause, a person is stating and confirming that everything within ...

Want to Be an Awesome Parent? Stop Stressing and Spend More Time on Self-Care

12/03/2017 05:27:45 AM

All parents have undoubtedly felt guilty at some point for not spending enough time with their children. A large part of this guilt comes from our culture. American parents are pressured to dedicate superhuman levels of time and energy to caring ...

What is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

11/29/2017 14:55:50 PM

A Supplemental Needs Trust (or Special Needs Trust), commonly abbreviated as SNT, is a Trust setup to supplement people on means tested programs. If setup correctly, a Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) will not affect a person’s means tested ...

Tangible Personal Property Definition

11/27/2017 01:47:05 AM

Tangible Personal Property is one of the types of property recognized by law. I think the easiest way to understand what tangible personal property is is to understand the two major types of property. First is real property.  Real property ...

Adverse Possession in Arkansas

11/26/2017 16:50:54 PM

First, adverse possession (also known as “squatter’s rights”) is a legal principle that applies when a person who does not have legal title to a piece of property—usually land (real property)—attempts to claim legal ownership based ...

Abatement

11/24/2017 16:28:17 PM

Abatement is a word you usually hearing during the administration of an estate. The administration of an estate is the process of gathering the assets and distributing the assets under court supervision. If the assets in an estate are not sufficient ...

Tax Benefits of Buying a Second Home

11/24/2017 14:59:24 PM

Buying a second home can provide you with a place to relax, unwind, and escape from it all. It can also provide you with substantial savings if you take advantage of these tax benefits of buying a second home. Mortgage Interest Mortgage interest ...

10 Reasons People Put Off Planning

11/22/2017 13:27:56 PM

Reason #1: Intimidation Estate planning does not have to intimidate you! If you can create a list of the major stuff you own and the major debts you own, you are well on you way to making a plan. The other part is deciding who you would want ...

Ready to Write Your Will? Consider This Before You Go It Alone or Online.

11/17/2017 13:52:00 PM

A last will and testament is the most commonly thought of document when it comes to an estate plan. But, really, it’s a very small part of an integrated plan that ensures your family stays out of Court and out of conflict when something happens ...

Tweety Bird can Mess Up Estate Plan

11/15/2017 06:06:09 AM

If you want to avoid family fights over your estate, take a long hard look at your closet. Personal property is something that people often fail to consider when drawing up wills and other estate planning documents, attorney John J. Scroggin ...

The Downsizing Generation: How to Handle a Surplus of Stuff When a Loved One Ages

11/12/2017 03:42:57 AM

As the baby boomer generation ages—and downsizes—more and more adult children will be tasked with going through their loved one’s belongings to decide what to do with everything. As more and more people downsize after retirement, china ...

Weathering the Storm: How Families Can Plan for Natural Disasters

11/10/2017 05:11:18 AM

Planning for natural disasters is more than just stocking up on canned food and water. In a natural disaster, food and water will keep you alive, but how will you rebuild your life if your home and community are devastated? Here are some simple ...

Everything You Need to Know About Estate Planning

11/08/2017 06:17:53 AM

As the saying goes, nothing’s certain except death and taxes. While there’s not much choice in the matter when your accountant reveals your tax bill, end-of-life dealings are far more flexible. How you choose to live out your twilight years ...

There is a Legal Way for Strangers to Take Your Stuff

11/01/2017 06:12:22 AM

Guardians are meant to make decisions for those who cannot care for themselves or their affairs, due to age, mental illness, or developmental disabilities. It’s a role typically filled by family members or friends. But in rare instances when ...

How Much Can I Gift Each Month?

10/29/2017 09:57:23 AM

Making gifts is a good way to start distributing your estate while you are still in full control. Many people wonder how much they can gift without paying gift taxes… The good news is that currently (as of 2017), you have about $5,000,000 ...

Reasons to Create Your Plan

10/26/2017 03:12:01 AM

If you check any of these, you need a plan… ___ Provide a clean, easy legacy, not a mess.  i.e. make it easy for children. ___ Protect Children From Themselves ___ Addictions ___ Drugs ___ Alcohol ___ Gambling ___ Creditors ___ Gold Digger ...

How Can I File a Claim Against An Estate?

10/22/2017 09:43:50 AM

Filing a claim against an estate is probably easier than you think. The first step is to find out what county the estate is being handled in and if probate is opened.  You can search on Arkansas Court Connect or call the County Clerk in the ...

Rampant Risks of Not Planning!

10/15/2017 17:19:20 PM

This is just a partial list of what you risk by not planning… You stand to lose your autonomy as a person and be put into the hands of Adult Protective Services or somebody else that you don’t desire You put your family’s security at risk ...

Trusts Are Not Just For The Well Heeled

10/15/2017 09:37:26 AM

Trusts are not just for the wealthy. In a nutshell, a trust is a legal arrangement that allows an individual to place his assets such as shares, money and property such that an appointed person or trustee can manage and administer them for the ...

Can a sibling who is executor of parents will legally omit another sibling from their inheritance?

10/08/2017 10:44:54 AM

The Executor must make distributions as stated in the Will. The Executor cannot change the Will. Read more here: https://answers.justia.com/question/2017/10/07/can-a-sibling-who-is-executor-of-parents-329444   The post Can a sibling who is ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 12 MILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE

10/02/2017 13:52:02 PM

A few moves could have saved the loved ones of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman a lot of money. Even if you don’t have a $35 million estate, like Hoffman’s, there are some things you could learn from it… Read more at http://www.kiplinger. ...

Golden Myths of Estate Planning

10/01/2017 04:30:33 AM

Do You Believe That Estate Planning Only Applies to End of Life Events? Nothing Could Be Further from The Truth. Myth #1: Estate Planning is Only for End of Life Events Nothing could be further from the truth! Estate planning covers any unforeseen ...

4 Reasons Why a Plan Will Change Your Life

09/26/2017 17:16:26 PM

Download a PDF of this article, CLICK HERE, no opt-in or email address required. Summary Stop Fretting About the Future Stop Worry About Your Family and Protect Them Avoid Court Intervention in Your Private Affairs Leave a Legacy and Never Stop ...

ABC’s of Estate Planning

09/11/2017 05:19:00 AM

A Will alone will not stop probate. Estate Planning Is as Easy As ABC… A – Avoid Probate B – Be in Control C – Call Now Call (479)717-6300 now or visit www.DeWitt.law now to setup your Complimentary Initial Session to see which plan ...

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late For Your Estate

08/15/2017 11:28:51 AM

I was reading the article Estate Planning Before Tragedy Strikes (http://www.palisadeshudson.com/2017/08/estate-planning-before-tragedy-strikes/) and found this quote to be of particular importance to families and their children. (bold added) ...

The Consequences of Not Planning

08/15/2017 00:15:38 AM

The consequences of not planning can be expensive financially, emotionally, and personally. So many people avoid estate planning for one reason or another. Before you decide against planning or to delay planning, you need to understand the ...

Imagine a Pill

08/07/2017 05:08:49 AM

Imagine there’s a pill that takes away your stress about the future and allows you to live life more freely. A pill that makes sure you and your family are taken care of.  Your life is so much better because it’s so much easier to achieve ...

Will Attorney

07/31/2017 23:55:18 PM

A Will Attorney should help you not only write your Last Will and Testament, but also help you plan out your entire estate for now and later. A Will Alone Will Not Prevent Probate A Last Will and Testament standing on its own will not prevent ...

Lawyer for Wills

07/28/2017 04:44:07 AM

If you are looking for lawyer wills, this isn’t the place.  But, if you are looking for a lawyer to help you write a Last Will and Testament, keep reading… Wills Will Not Prevent Probate The first thing you need to know about Wills is that ...

Trust Attorney

07/28/2017 04:24:00 AM

When you are looking for a trust attorney, there are several questions you should ask… Here are 3 questions to ask a trust attorney Question 1: Do you specialize in trusts?  I.e. Are you a trust attorney? Other attorneys simply don’t have ...

Probate is a Hassle

07/27/2017 06:11:10 AM

How much easier would you family’s life be if they never had to go to Court?  How much better would it be to not have to spend your hard-earned money on lawyers for Court? Probate Is A Hassle Probate is a hassle, is expensive, and involves ...

I’m Looking For An Estate Planning Attorney Near Me

07/26/2017 05:49:11 AM

If you are looking for an estate planning attorney near me, hopefully you have come to the right spot. We are located in centrally located downtown Springdale, Arkansas.  We serve all of Benton and Washington counties including Bella Vista, ...

Estate Planning Books

07/26/2017 05:37:47 AM

There are many estate planning books on the market, but this one is FREE… Secrets of Excellent Estate Planning LEARN HOW TO Eliminate Uncertainties & Risks. Keep Your Assets Out of Trouble! Prevent Probate Just Some of What You Get 38 Critical ...

Lawyer For Estate Planning

07/26/2017 04:22:05 AM

There are several critical questions to ask when you are looking for a lawyer for estate planning. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, a lawyer for estate planning in Northwest Arkansas. Here are 3 questions to ask a lawyer for estate planning. Question ...

At Risk

07/24/2017 15:21:10 PM

Everything you have worked and saved for your entire life, could be at risk… if you don’t have a will, if you have an outdated will or a will without a trust. A will alone will not protect you from probate. Probate means your family could ...

Complete Estate Planning Vs. Probate

07/17/2017 03:26:41 AM

Many people won’t do complete estate planning because they don’t realize how difficult Probate can be.  Most people don’t know just how much time and trouble going through this formal process is. Probate is emotionally draining, not to ...

Updating Your Plan After a Divorce Video

06/27/2017 00:15:10 AM

Updating your plan after a divorce may be one of the most important things you can do. But, don’t update your plan after a divorce if you want your ex-spouse to get some of your stuff. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest ...

Understanding Special Needs Trusts Video

06/23/2017 00:45:00 AM

Special needs trusts help protect special people. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas.   Understanding Special Needs Trusts: Major Types Special needs trusts come in many different types that fulfill different ...

What is a Trust Fund? Video

06/20/2017 03:14:58 AM

What is a Trust Fund?  First, you need to have a working definition of a Trust, the we can answer the question.  In short, a trust fund is the pool of assets managed by a trust agreement.   Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney ...

Living Will Definition Video – Protect Your Dignity

06/16/2017 02:06:42 AM

Living Will Definition – The difference between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament is like the difference between apples and oranges. Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective Estate Planning, Click Here Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, ...

Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Video

06/13/2017 02:55:33 AM

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare protects you, your dignity, and your fundamental rights.  You have the fundamental right to make your own healthcare decisions.  Imagine a time that you are at the whim of doctors, their ethics, and ...

Durable Power of Attorney Definition

06/09/2017 02:48:55 AM

Durable Power of Attorney Definition, a Durable Power of Attorney may be one of the most important documents you can ever sign. Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective Estate Planning, Click Here Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning ...

Will the Government Make Your Vital Decisions?

06/08/2017 02:33:33 AM

If you pass without a Last Will and Testament or other Estate Plan, the government has already decided who gets your stuff, when they get it, and how much everybody gets! Learn how to stop this by CLICKING HERE to get Secrets of Effective ...

Estate Planning Costs

06/06/2017 08:08:10 AM

Estate Planning Costs from relatively very little to tens of thousands of dollars for large, complicated plans. Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective Estate Planning, Click Here   Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in ...

Estate Planning Trusts – Excellent Estate Planning Tool

06/05/2017 08:02:13 AM

Estate planning trusts can be an excellent estate planning and asset protection tool.  But, what kind of trust should you use? Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective Estate Planning, Click Here Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning ...

Estate Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Scary or Complicated

06/04/2017 08:56:16 AM

The old saying is that you eat an elephant one bite at a time.  By following a simple and easy set of steps, you will be done before you know it. Sometimes when you look at doing something big, it seems to be an impossible task.  When you ...

3 Estate Planning Myths

06/04/2017 07:55:11 AM

Many people have misconceptions and estate planning myths.  Here are 3 estate planning myths. Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective Estate Planning, Click Here Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. ...

What is a Trust?

06/04/2017 02:29:09 AM

What is a Trust?  A trust is a way to protect assets, protect children from creditors, maintain your privacy, and avoid probate. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. Learn much more by getting Secrets of Effective ...

Avoiding Family Fighting With a Personal Property Memo

06/03/2017 07:54:09 AM

You can avoid family fighting with a personal property memo. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. A Will is Not Enough Most of the time, a Will is not enough to stop all the family feuding over the smaller items.  ...

Estate Planning Basics

06/01/2017 06:26:50 AM

You need to know 3 estate planning basics to protect yourself, your family, and your stuff. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. First estate planning basic. Estate planning is not only about distributing your ...

Estate Planning Attorney

06/01/2017 06:25:12 AM

Are you looking for an estate planning attorney?  Do you want to know what an estate planning attorney does?  I’m going to answer both questions in the next few minutes. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. ...

Estate Planning Checklist

05/31/2017 04:10:01 AM

I’ve got an estate planning checklist for you today. Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. Before you create your estate plan, you should gather up everything on this estate planning checklist. Start with your ...

Estate Planning Definition

05/31/2017 04:03:29 AM

Estate planning is a legal term that is misunderstood by many people.  Here is my estate planning definition.   Hi, I’m Gary DeWitt, Estate Planning Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. First, you need to understand what “estate” means in ...

12 Benefits to Professional Estate Planning

05/28/2017 08:54:26 AM

In no particular order: Don’t waste your hard earned money on an off-the-shelf, fill-in-the-blanks document that fails to address your particular needs. Ensures that your documents are valid and enforceable. Things that could go wrong anticipated ...

5 Reasons to Plan Starting Today

05/22/2017 01:37:29 AM

Because You Deserve the Peace of Mind I know it is an overused cliche, but almost everybody that goes through the Estate Planning process says either “peace of mind,” “that’s a load off, ” “I can rest easier”, or something along ...

Case Study

05/15/2017 04:57:23 AM

Client’s Immediate Need – Client recently lost his wife and needed a plan that would protect and take care of his children in the future. His greatest concern was who would carry the responsibility of caring and raising his children should ...

How to Spend Too Much Money

05/15/2017 04:49:55 AM

How Spending $595.97 For a Cheap, Online Estate Plan Cost Joe’s Family More Than $4,385 And Almost Tore Them Apart   Online vs. Local:  Which Really Has the Best Value? Joe got a local price on an estate plan, then after pricing around, ...

How to Avoid a $10,000 Mistake!

04/22/2017 02:32:22 AM

Jill passed away with $20,000 in savings and $10,000 of debt.  She only had a Last Will and Testament.  Because a Will requires debts be paid, $10,000 of her savings had to be sent to creditors.  Another $3,000 had to be spent on lawyers ...

What is a trust?

04/15/2017 05:37:01 AM

A trust is a document that can accomplish many things. It keeps your family out of probate, maintains their privacy, can protect your assets, allows you to maintain control over the assets for many years. Companies out there monitor probate ...

What is the worst choice of words ever?

04/14/2017 07:47:58 AM

The phrase “Estate Planning” is the worst choice of words ever… Maybe a better term would be “Personal Protection Planning” or just “Planning Ahead.” The word “estate” conjures up images of big houses and a lot of money.  Don’t ...

Why Do We Procrastinate Estate Planning?

04/08/2017 05:35:50 AM

No hard deadlines. You don’t have to have it done tomorrow, so you can put it off. The (perceived) expense. Start with small things then as your life gets more complex, work up. “I don’t own enough.” Costs for probate and guardianship ...

How Will You Feel?

04/07/2017 08:46:33 AM

Just a short note… Most people, when they get their plan done express 2 feelings A feeling of relief that they can stop worrying about their family so much and that their assets are taken care of A feeling of “Peace of Mind” The post How ...

Can I write on the documents if I want changes?

04/01/2017 05:34:38 AM

Michelle decided she wanted some changes to her trust. She penciled (not pen, pencil) in some changes she wanted. When she went to a new bank to open an account, the bank would not accept the original with hand written changes on it. No. Do ...

The Cost of Estate Planning

03/29/2017 05:33:04 AM

Why does estate planning cost so much? Let me answer a question with a question. Does it? Estate planning is an investment in you and your family. Estate planning is not about you, it is about them.  Planning is an investment in love designed ...

Three Facts You Wouldn’t Believe About Estate Planning Law

03/22/2017 07:08:53 AM

When you leave your assets to your children are you confident that they will be divided according with your wishes and the state won’t try to interfere? If you don’t create your estate plan, the State of Arkansas has created a plan for you.  ...

6 Excellent Estate Planning Tips to Get Your Affairs in Order

03/19/2017 09:34:13 AM

Sooner or later everybody is going to need an estate plan.  The only questions you should be asking is “when?” and “who wrote the plan, you or the government?” No matter how much you own, you should have your affairs in order.  You ...

What does an estate planning attorney really do?

03/17/2017 00:15:25 AM

I help you avoid the regret of putting you family through the system… From time to time I stop to think about what I really do for a living.  Each time, I dig deeper than the time before and come up with a new answer… The first answer I ...

Why Estate Planning?

03/08/2017 08:57:34 AM

Estate planning is an investment in you and your family. Estate planning is not about you, it is about them.  Planning is an investment in love designed to protect your spouse, children, and other loved ones. Estate planning is a financial ...

What Is Estate Planning?

03/01/2017 08:55:43 AM

Most people think of estate planning as just deciding who gets what when.  But, planning is much more than just deciding who gets what. Planning is as much about protecting your rights, your family, and your assets during your lifetime as it ...

What Is Your Estate?

02/24/2017 02:49:12 AM

Your estate is everything you own whether it is owned in just your name or with somebody else.  It is all of your stuff.  Everything you own, wherever it is, and whoever you own it with.  This includes your real estate, money, accounts, jewelry, ...

What Are The Issues With a DIY Will?

01/24/2017 07:38:46 AM

Your Last Will and Testament is a legal document in which you make your final gifts, leave instructions for paying creditors, and nominate guardians for your children.  In addition, you pick somebody to oversee the disposition of your estate, ...

December 2016 News and Fun

12/09/2016 07:12:28 AM

Quotables “Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.”  Wayne Dyer “7 things to give up: 1. People pleasing. 2. Doubting yourself. 3. Negative thinking. 4. Fear of failure. 5. Criticizing yourself. 6. Saying Yes when you ...

Intangible Benefits of Estate Planning

11/27/2016 18:42:53 PM

Peace of Mind knowing that your assets, self, and family are protected for your lifetime and beyond. Increased confidence that you can handle what challenges life presents to you. Pride in a job well done. A sense of accomplishment that you ...

7 Dangerous Mistakes to Avoid At All times

11/12/2016 17:06:29 PM

Doing Nothing If you don’t have  plan, most states have one for you, and it may not be what you would want. Not many people would purposely let their state legislature draft their estate plan for them, yet that is what you get if you don’t ...

The Truth About Control

11/06/2016 16:03:46 PM

What is the worst feeling you’ve ever had? Anxiety? Sadness? Depression? How about that feeling you get when you are completely out of control of your life? Imagine a time that you don’t get to make your own decisions anymore.  You don’t ...

The 4 Real Reasons to Plan

10/24/2016 18:43:20 PM

When people are asked about why they are planning, the most common answer I hear is “for peace of mind.”  But how does planning give you peace of mind? The common answer is it leaves you less to worry about.  But how? It is my belief there ...

The 4 Real Pillars to Peace of Mind

10/24/2016 18:43:20 PM

Just as the Parthenon of Rome has stood for thousands of years, your plan can stand the test of time too. When people are asked about why they are planning, the most common answer I hear is “for peace of mind.”  But how does planning give ...

3 Reasons to Move Estate Planning to the Top of Your TO DO List

10/21/2016 10:56:59 AM

I thought of three good reasons that you should move estate planning to the top of your to do list: Estate planning doesn’t take as much time as you might think Planning is very important to the emotional well being, protection, and welfare ...

Local Advantages – Part 3

10/06/2016 06:37:31 AM

Local Advantages Part 3 Beneficiary Deeds An important part of estate planning.  Sometimes you don’t need a trust, just a plain beneficiary deed will do. TOD for Vehicles Transfer on Death titles for vehicles.  As of September of 2016, Arkansas ...

Local Advantages – Part 2

10/03/2016 03:53:09 AM

11. Workbook With the comprehensive workbook, you won’t overlook any important details.  This workbook goes beyond traditional planning and into family information that should be known by both spouses, like what bills are due when. 12. Notary ...

Local Advantages – Part 1

09/29/2016 07:13:18 AM

Personal Interview Every plan starts with a face-to-face, personal interview.  This is a very important part of the process that you don’t get online.  Often times, goals come out during this interview that you might not otherwise think ...

Why Not an Online Service?

09/29/2016 03:58:47 AM

Why Not an Online Service? 27 reasons local beats online services like Legal Zoom © for Estate Planning… Online Service DeWitt Law Firm Trust X X Will X X Durable Power of Attorney X X Healthcare Power of Attorney X X HIPAA Waiver ? X Living ...

70% Of All Wealth Transfer Plans Fail to Meet Their Goals

09/23/2016 04:59:26 AM

#1 Reason Wealth Transfer Fails After failing to get a good answer to the question “Why does wealth transfer fail?”  from academia, The Williams Group interviewed 2,500 families and researched another 750 family case studies. Based on this ...

19 Smart Ways to Protect Your Assets – #3

09/15/2016 02:14:17 AM

Smart Way #3: Discover which tools you can use to achieve those goals.  You have many legal tools at your disposal that, when used correctly, will create exactly the plan you want for yourself and your family.  Ask your estate planning attorney ...

19 Smart Ways to Protect Your Assets – #2

09/01/2016 09:00:14 AM

Smart Way #2: Identify your personal and financial goals. If you could have anything you want, personally and financially, what would it be?  What are your dreams?  How do you and your spouse want to spend your retirement years? Want to learn the ...

Smart Way #3

08/24/2016 00:01:50 AM

Create a family estate plan that, upon your death, distributes your assets to your heirs without going through the Court-supervised process called probate. Most often a Revocable Living Trust is used for this purpose. Please don’t delay: You ...

#1 Reason People Don’t Estate Plan

08/22/2016 15:14:47 PM

Money.  Nope. #10 Time. Nope.  #3 The #1 reason people don’t plan is denial. Denial According to At Home Nursing Care, denial is the #1 reason people don’t plan. I can’t say it better myself: Denial came up as #1 to avoid estate p