American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates Fourth Edition

Author: American Bar Association
Publisher: Random House Reference
ISBN: 9780375723964
Release Date: 2013-03-26
Genre: Law

The American Bar Association Guide to Wills & Estates, Fourth Edition, is the user-friendly guide that contains everything you need to know about planning an estate and preparing a will. It is organized in easy-to-follow chapters with sidebars containing tips, checklists, and key information, encouraging you to begin the process quickly and easily. The ABA Guide to Wills & Estates will help you: • Determine what to put in an estate plan • Decide whether to prepare a will, trust, or living trust • Avoid or reduce estate taxes • Transfer property without a will with substitutes such as life insurance and joint tenancy • Understand the benefits of living gifts and life insurance, among many other topics The Fourth edition features new and updated topics, such as: • Life-threatening and chronic illnesses • Incorporating your religious beliefs into your estate plan • Assisted reproduction and its resulting estate planning implications • Civil unions and same-sex marriages • Elder abuse and care • Information about Roth IRAs in estate plans • The impact of digital assets on estate planning

The American Bar Association Guide to Wills Estates

Author: American Bar Association
Publisher: Random House Reference &
ISBN: 9780375722998
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Law

Written in easy-to-read language with dozens of real-life examples, this book provides important information about mediation, arbitration, small claims court, and civil court procedures, and includes a chapter on working with a lawyer.

A Lawyer s Guide to Estate Planning

Author: L. Rush Hunt
Publisher: American Bar Association
ISBN: 1590313666
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Law

This book provides an introduction to the basics of estate planning and will make this area of the law more accessible to the nonspecialist.

The Complete Book of Wills Estates Trusts

Author: Alexander A. Bove, Jr., Esq.
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781466829008
Release Date: 2005-12-27
Genre: Law

The best legal guide to wills and estates—with more than 80,000 copies sold—now updated to cover the current asset protection options and estate laws Whether grappling with modest or extensive assets, The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts has long been the indispensable guide for protecting an estate for loved ones. In this completely revised third edition, updated to cover the latest changes in estate law, attorney Alexander A. Bove, Jr., clearly explains • how to use a will to avoid probate and legal complications • how trusts work and how to use trusts to save taxes • how to contest a will and how to avoid a contest • how to settle an estate or make a claim against one • how to establish a durable power of attorney • how to protect assets from creditors In his straightforward and humorous style, Bove shares easy-to-understand legal definitions, savvy advice on taxes, and pragmatic and simple sample forms, all illustrated with entertaining examples and actual cases. The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts is the best guide available for defending your financial legacy

The Everything Wills And Estate Planning Book

Author: Kimberly A. Colgate
Publisher: Everything Books
ISBN: 158062880X
Release Date: 2003-07-01
Genre: Law

Begin planning now to safeguard assets, provide for the family, and minimize the tax bite. This book takes the mystery out of the whole process and teaches readers how to prepare for their family's security and peace of mind.

Idiot s Guides Estate Planning 5E

Author: Stephen Maple
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781465450678
Release Date: 2016-08-09
Genre: Business & Economics

Anyone with assets and heirs needs a will to determine what will happen to their property and plan for the welfare of their children should they pass away unexpectedly. As people age, they tend to think more seriously about having a will and planning their estates, to make it easier for their heirs, and to give them the maximum amount of money possible. Idiot's Guides: Estate Planning, Fifth Edition makes it easy to understand all the issues surrounding estates. In it, you get: - An introduction to the important concepts of estate planning and how to get started on a plan. - Valuing your property and assets and how you own it, including businesses and self-employment issues. - Getting the most from life insurance, pensions, and retirement savings. - Creating a will and trusts, and learning how probate works. - Looking after minor children in the event of your death, planning for special situations such as divorce and bankruptcy, and avoiding family feuds over inheritance. - Everything you need to know about taxes: estate, gift, state and federal income--and how to ensure that your heirs get the assets you have intended for them. - Planning for retirement, including Social Security benefits, power of attorney, and health care directives.

The Complete Personal Legal Guide

Author: American Bar Association
Publisher: Random House Reference &
ISBN: 9780375723025
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Law

Presents thousands of United States laws and legal questions involving all aspects of life, including marriage, estate planning, disabilities, and consumer credit.

Wills Trusts and Estates for Legal Assistants

Author: Gerry W. Beyer
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454861294
Release Date: 2015-06-17
Genre: Law

Using an effective "learn by doing" approach, Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Legal Assistants emphasizes examples and applications, and includes hundreds of real life situations with detailed explanations. Students understand what the rules of law mean and how they apply in a real world context. The complete topic coverage introduces wills and trusts, intestate succession, estate administration, nonprobate transfers, and other estate planning issues such as taxes and malpractice. A balanced, experienced author team skillfully blends theory with practice. Extensive pedagogy reinforces the text, with marginal terms and a glossary, ethical points, checklists, practice tips, and sample forms. The instructor's manual provides a summary of chapters, a model course outline, exam questions, assignment ideas, exercises, and a research guide for wills, trusts, and estates.

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Author: Richard Barnes Attorney
Publisher: Nolo
ISBN: 9781413315400
Release Date: 2009-05-07
Genre: Law

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.

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in New Jersey

Author: Linda C. Ashar
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781601384355
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Law

What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes — such as family or special charities — it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations. To ensure your assets are protected and final wishes are carried out, there are some common actions that should be taken now. Proper estate planning allows you to plan for yourself and your loved ones without giving up control of your affairs. Your estate plan should also allow for the possibility of your own disability. It should detail what you own and whom you want to leave it to at a time of your choosing and the way you want. Your estate plan should include fully disclosed, controlled costs for you and your loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is having your estate drained of value through taxes and legal costs. The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in New Jersey will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Ohio residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Co-authors Margo Pierce and Linda C. Ashar, attorneys at law, have crafted an estate planning primer, allowing New Jersey residents to become more informed and more involved during the process. Many books on estate planning indicate you do not need the services of an attorney, but this book highly recommends using an attorney versed in this area: You should not go through the process alone. This book is intended explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of estate planning so when you do meet with a qualified attorney, you will be well prepared. You will understand the legal terms and be ready to discuss issues and strategies with familiarity, saving you time and legal fees and ensuring peace of mind. New Jersey -specific information is offered throughout this book, including: New Jersey ‘s probate code; New Jersey rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid New Jersey will; planning your living will in New Jersey; explanations of New Jersey laws regarding durable health care power of attorneys, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their future. This book also offers an overview of abatement rules, settlement costs, guardianship and minor children, executors and trustees, life insurance, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, 529 plans, reducing or eliminating estate taxes, avoiding tax on life insurance, using insurance to pay estate taxes, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax-deferred accounts. Estate planning should be a positive experience. It involves reviewing your situation and planning for your future. Although few people want to think about the possibility of disability or disease, advance planning is also a way to show your love and to reduce potential distress later. Other books offer a non-state-specific overview of estate planning, causing many readers to be misinformed about rules and regulations particular to their state; but, this new book provides information New Jersey residents need to know. Do not get outdated or wrong information that does not pertain to you specifically. Use this new book to craft an estate plan that is not only legally sound but also fully carries out your last wishes and protects your loved ones.

Wills and Trusts Kit For Dummies

Author: Aaron Larson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470507711
Release Date: 2009-03-09
Genre: Law

Navigate probate, tax issues, and state laws Create an estate plan and protect your family's interests Need a will, but have no idea where to start? This friendly guide shows youhow to prepare a legal will or trust — either on your own or with professional help — and ensure that your wishes are honored. You'll handle everything from planning your bequests and writing and signing a will to selecting a trust and drafting your durable power of attorney. Discover how to: Provide for your children Hire and work with professionals Minimize tax liabilities Amend or revoke a will or trust Avoid common estate planning mistakes Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Drafting Wills and Trusts

Author: Lucy A. Marsh
Publisher: Vandeplas Pub
ISBN: 1600420753
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Law

Drafting effective wills and trust allows property to be given to the people or institutions that matter most to an individual. This book explains how to do the special, thoughtful drafting required by anyone who truly cares about distribution of property, care of elderly parents, guardians for young children, or care for pets after the owner is gone. The book is richly illustrated by samples of techniques used in the actual wills and trusts of well-known Americans. Topics covered include: WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT A WILL; CAPACITY TO MAKE A WILL; SELECTING THE TRUSTEES; DESIGNING PET TRUSTS. Realistic, thought-provoking DRAFTING EXERCISES followed by detailed POINTERS FOR DRAFTING help the reader develop the skills needed for effective drafting. The concluding chapters cover related documents, including: MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL POWERS OF ATTORNEY, MEDICAL DIRECTIVES and LIVING WILLS. About the author: Lucy Marsh, Professor of Law at University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a native to Denver. She is a 1963 graduate of Smith College and a 1966 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. While attending the University of Michigan, she played a key role in setting up the first legal clinic in Ann Arbor to serve the underprivileged. She has led a distinguished career as an attorney, professor and advocate for community causes. Admitted to the bar in both Connecticut and Colorado, she was the first woman elected to the Colorado Bar Association Real Estate Section's Title Standards Committee, served the city as member of the Denver District Attorney's Office in the 1970's, was a commissioner to the Colorado Real Estate Commission, and provided legal assistance to the Colorado AIDS project. Her academic career at the University of Denver began in 1973 as a part time professor and led up to her present position as a full professor in 1982. Since that time she was voted DU Professor of the Year in 1985 and was elected by the students in 1987 to give the commencement address. She now leads a unique program in which the students in her Trust and Estates classes participate in a Will's Lab, providing free services for the indigent and elderly. She also employs a unique teaching tool called the Technicolor System, attributed to her father, Thompson Marsh, to assist in the learning process by color coding different types of information in student's legal drafts

Your Estate Matters

Author: Patti S. Spencer, Esq.
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781496935298
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Genre: Law

"Patti Spencer has learned everything there is to know on this subject and has written down a good bit of it in this book. This is a tremendous help to individuals as they try to sort out their estate and tax planning needs." - Matthew J. Creme, Jr. Partner at Nikolaus & Hohenadel LLP, Former President of the PA Bar Association "When it comes to estate planning and tax law, there's simply no one better than Patti Spencer. She demystifies estate planning in a way that is accessible for all. Known for her no nonsense style and humor, this book is a must-have for anyone making their estate plans or just trying to understand the process." - Samuel Bressi, President & CEO of Lancaster County Community Foundation "I have read Patti Spencer's newspaper column on a weekly basis for several years now, and never tire of learning more about estate planning and tax law. Patti manages to take complicated issues and reduce them to their simplest form." - David Griffith, Former Business Editor at Intelligencer Journal We don't intend to neglect our estate and financial plans, but it is so easy to be overwhelmed with conflicting financial advice. Your Estate Matters will bring clarity to those pesky, rapidly changing tax laws and will provide you with the accurate information you need to properly manage your estate. Your Estate Matters offers a practical down-to-earth approach that explains the ins and outs of estate planning, tax savings, and other issues that directly affect your family's pocketbook: income tax, living wills, trusts, prenuptial agreements, college savings, and retirement planning. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, are ready to plan your own estate, have aging parents, or have recently retired, this is the book you need to read.