Author: Mary Randolph
Release Date: 2010-04-16
Avoid probate and save time and money with these eight strategies Probate can drag on for years, and can easily cost your family thousands of dollars -- money that would otherwise have gone to them. 8 Ways to Avoid Probate offers simple and effective methods for skipping the probate process so that property goes directly to the intended beneficiaries. Your estate doesn't have to go through probate. You can avoid probate by creating a savvy estate plan, and 8 Ways to Avoid Probate shows you how. This book offers simple but effective methods to skip the entire process -- plus real-world examples of how others have used them. Find out about: setting up payable-on-death accounts naming beneficiaries, including children, institutions, and multiple beneficiaries naming beneficiaries for retirement accounts, vehicles, real estate, and stocks and bonds special procedures for small estates holding property in joint ownership, and alternatives to joint ownership using a living trust to avoid probate making gifts of property and money The 8th edition provides updates to estate and gift tax laws, updated 50-state tables on simplified probate, and additional information on how to bequeath real estate without probate -- 12 states now offer a special deed for just this purpose.
No other book covers living trusts better -- or more simply -- than this bestselling book.By creating a living trust, your property will bypass lengthy and expensive probate proceedings and go directly to the people you've designated, quickly and easily.Make Your Own Living Trust explains how to create a living trust, transfer property to the trust and amend or revoke the trust at any time. Specifically, it covers: • How living trusts work • Which kind of living trust to use • Naming beneficiaries for all trust property • How to create your document and make it legal • Amending or revoking a trust at any time • Provide for trust property management if you become incapacitated • retain absolute control over trust property while you live Make Your Own Living Trust includes all the forms you need -- as tear-outs and on CD-ROM -- to create your own trust, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out. Completely updated and revised, the 9th edition covers the latest federal and state laws and information about federal and state estate taxes.Good in all states except Louisiana.
Protect your family with solid estate planning Estate planning sounds difficult—but most people just need a few basic documents. Let Plan Your Estate show you how to protect your loved ones from legal hassles and financial uncertainty after your death. For more than 20 years, this book has explained estate planning in plain English, including: wills avoiding probate living trusts bypass (AB) trusts naming guardians for children leaving property to children estate, gift, and inheritance taxes strategies for business owners leaving property to charity health care directives, and financial powers of attorney. The 13th edition of Plan Your Estate is completely updated to reflect the latest federal and state laws. Applies in all U.S. states except Louisiana.
Author: Julian Knight
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-02-14
Planning how to pass your estate on doesn’t have to mean complications, legal jargon and huge bills. Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes you through the process step-by-step and gives you all the information you need to ensure that your affairs are left in good order. It shows you how to plan and write your will, minimise the stress of probate, and ensure that your nearest and dearest are protected from a large inheritance tax bill. Discover how to: Decide if a will is right for you Value your assets Leave your home through a will Appoint executors and trustees Choose beneficiaries Draw up a DIY will Work out how inheritance tax works and if you’re liable to it Find out what can and can’t be taxed
Author: Mary Randolph
Release Date: 2010-06-22
Transfer California property to someone else with the easy-to-use legal forms and information in this guide Deeds for California Real Estate shows you how to choose the right kind of deed, create it, then file it with the county recorder. This plain-English book has all the forms you'll need, with step-by-step instructions for completing them quickly and accurately. Learn how to: add or remove someone's name from the title of real estate you own transfer real estate into, or out of, a revocable living trust borrow or lend money with real estate as security and more
This book explains the basics of estate planning concisely and clearly. It’s the core of estate planning, made interesting! No fluff, just they the key information about wills, trusts, planning for retirement, health care directives, estate taxes, and more.
In all 50 states, if you die without an estate plan, state law determines what happens to your property. To take control of what happens to your property when you die, you can use this book to create a will that distributes your property, names your executor, and sets up guardianships for your children and their property.
Author: Richard Barnes Attorney
Release Date: 2009-05-07
In almost half of all stepfamilies, each parent brings one or more children to a new marriage and while other books give general information about wills, trusts, and taxes, many of them may not apply to couples in second marriages. Estate Planning for Blended Families is the first book for parents in second marriages who want to provide both for their current spouse and their children from the current and prior marriages. Author Richard Barnes has years of experience guiding couples through the process of setting goals, discussing competing priorities, and choosing strategies and this book covers: Identifying goals and concerns Discussing matters with your spouse Planning for all children involved Estate and gift taxes in a second marriage Choosing executors and trustees Working with lawyers, financial planners and other experts And much more Estate Planning for Blended Families will also provide sample estate plans as well as the latest information regarding federal and state laws.
Author: Mary Randolph
Release Date: 2012-03-01
If you're faced with wrapping up the affairs of a loved one who has died, you may feel overwhelmed by all the work ahead -- especially when you're grieving. But with the right legal and practical information, you can do it. The Executor's Guide will help you make progress one step at a time by assisting you in navigating an unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology -- all while saving you time and money. It explains how to: prepare for the job of executor or trustee take your first steps claim life insurance, Social Security and other benefits make sense of a will what to do if there is no will determine whether probate is necessary care for children and their property file taxes deal with family members handle trusts look up your state's laws work with lawyers, appraisers, accountants and other experts This edition has been updated to include expanded information on dealing with online accounts, as well as tables outlining key points of each state's laws, the latest information on estate taxes, and worksheets that help you stay organized and on track.