Tag Archives for " Estate Planning "

Apr 13

The Key Differences Between Wills and Trusts

By David R. Hansen

What are the key differences between wills and trusts? When discussing estate planning, a will is what most people think of first. Indeed, wills have been the most popular method for passing on assets to heirs for hundreds of years. But wills aren’t your only option. And if you rely on a will alone to […]

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Feb 23

Common Estate Planning Issues You Must Navigate When Contemplating a Second (or More) Marriage

By David R. Hansen

These days, second and even third marriages are fairly commonplace. And the estate planning issues that arise from multiple marriages can be highly complex and confusing. So, how do you navigate estate planning for a blended family? Merging two families into one presents unique legal and financial challenges that can cause significant conflict and distress unless […]

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Feb 16

How Will The New Tax Law Effect Your Family

By David R. Hansen

President Trump signed the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill into law on December 22, 2017, and the law includes a number of historic changes to the federal tax code. However, the vast majority of the most dramatic changes are aimed at business taxation, not individual taxpayers. So, how will the new tax law […]

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Feb 16

Same-Gender Couples Still Face Legal Challenges Over Parental Rights—But Protections Via Estate Planning (Outside of Adoption) Are Available

By David R. Hansen

Can same-gender couples use Estate Planning for parental rights? In 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-gender couples had the right to marry, the LGBTQ community celebrated a huge victory. With the issue of marriage settled, it looked as if same-gender couples were finally going to have equal standing with heterosexual couples in the […]

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Jan 26

What to Expect From (and How to Prepare For) an Initial Estate Planning Meeting With Your Personal Family Lawyer.

By David R. Hansen

What to Expect From (and How to Prepare For) an Initial Estate Planning Meeting With Your Personal Family LawyerWhether you’ve met with an estate planning attorney before or it’s your first time, it’s important to understand how working with a Personal Family Lawyer® is different than meeting with a traditional lawyer. This article will explain what’s […]

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