This book provides concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read information about the major components of estate planning – without going into endless detail about arcane options that apply only to the wealthy. Topics include: choosing beneficiaries estate planning by parents with minor children wills living trusts avoiding probate trusts for people in a second marriage, and planning for incapacity. Best-selling Nolo author Denis Clifford uses plain-English to make these estate planning issues easy to understand, and he lets you know which tasks you can handle yourself, and when you’ll need a lawyer’s help.
Through proper funeral planning, you can ensure that your loved ones are not confronted with the unnecessary burden of having to plan a funeral at a time which is already very traumatic for them. By having a clear funeral plan, you can have every detail of your funeral arranged in advance or, at the least, have a clear plan that your loved ones can follow when the time comes.This comprehensive funeral planning book will take you step-by-step through the process of planning a funeral. It will introduce you to issues such as organ donations, purchasing caskets, cremation, burial, purchasing grave plots, organization of funeral services, the legal and financial issues relating to funerals, the cost of pre-arranging a funeral, how to save money on funerals, how to finance funerals and much more. Once you have gained an understanding of the various issues involved in planning a funeral, you will be ready to complete the accompanying step-by-step funeral planning worksheets to help plan the funeral you want."Funeral Planning Basics" Tell Your Loved Ones What You WantPre-Pay and Arrange Your Funeral in AdvanceRemove a Huge Burden from Your FamilySave Money
Presents a comprehensive guide on understanding and preparing wills and trusts for parents of young children, describing the process of selecting a guardian, buying life insurance, designating powers of attorney, and choosing beneficiaries.
Author: Neil Bryan
Release Date: 2016-09-25
What You Will Learn What it means to get your estate ready to make it easier and less expensive on your heirs. The items you absolutely need for estate planning and then we'll go into detail in each of the areas presented The various components of an estate plan that you should consider for yourself. The various decisions you will need to make to formulate your estate plan. The various methods for transferring assets to your heirs even starting before your death. Everything you will need to take with you to a qualified estate lawyer so that your estate is prepared and your heirs will need to do as little as possible.
Covers the basics of estate planning, including wills, trusts, and health care directives. It prepares readers to start planning their estate, with or without an attorney. The 9th edition is updated with the latest laws and tax information.
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: N. Brian Caverly
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-03-08
Genre: Business & Economics
If you’re like most people, you want to be sure that, once you’ve passed on, no more of your property and money will be lost to the government than is absolutely necessary. You want to know that you’ll be leaving your heirs your assets and not your debts. You want to be absolutely certain that your will is ship-shape, your insurance policies are structured properly, and that every conceivable hole in your estate plan has been filled. And most of all, you’d like to do all of this without driving yourself crazy trying to make sense of the complicated jargon, jumble of paperwork, and welter of state and federal laws involved in the estate planning process. Written by two estate planning pros, this simple, easy-to-use guide takes the pain out of planning for your ultimate financial future. In plain English, the authors walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to: Put your estate into order Minimize estate taxes Write a proper will Deal with probate Set up trusts Make sure your insurance policies are structured properly Plan for special situations, like becoming incompetent and pet care Craft a solid estate plan and keep it up-to-date Don’t leave the final disposition of your estate up to chance and the whims of bureaucrats. Estate Planning For Dummies gives you the complete lowdown on: Figuring out what you're really worth Mastering the basics of wills and probate Using will substitutes and dodging probate taxes Setting up protective trusts, charitable trusts, living trusts and more Making sense of state and federal inheritance taxes Avoiding the generation skipping transfer tax Minimizing all your estate-related taxes Estate planning for family businesses Creating a comprehensive estate plan Straightforward, reader-friendly, easy-to-use, Estate Planning For Dummies is the ultimate guide to planning your family’s future.
Author: Rachel Emma Silverman
Publisher: Crown Business
Release Date: 2011-09-06
Genre: Business & Economics
Let’s face it: you can't avoid death or taxes. But you can create an estate plan that will make both a whole lot easier for your loved ones and put you in control of how your assets will get passed to your heirs. Here, Wall Street Journal personal-finance reporter Rachel Emma Silverman walks you step-by-step through the process. Chock-full of clear and solid advice on how to get the most out of the main estate planning tools - including wills, trusts, life insurance, guardianship papers, and powers-of-attorney documents - the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook will help make your estate-planning process as simple, smooth, and unintimidating as possible. This book will help you: · Clarify your estate-planning goals, such as dividing up property for heirs, reducing taxes or leaving money for charity · Understand the key estate-planning documents you’ll need, including wills, beneficiary-designation forms, powers-of-attorney and health-care advance directives · Decode the technical jargon that estate planners often use, so you feel comfortable discussing QTIPs and QPRTs when you sit down with your lawyer. · Reduce possible estate, gift or generation-skipping taxes and legal and probate fees – decreasing what goes to the tax man and increasing what goes to your heirs · Learn strategies to divide money and personal property among your heirs, and reduce the possibility of family fights · Discuss sensitive estate-planning issues with your family · Maintain your estate-plan over time, including how to store and when to update your documents With completely up-to-date information on how to navigate the new 2011 estate tax legislation, and thoughtful advice on how to handle your estate in complicated situations – like if you’re single, in a same-sex relationship, or wish to provide for children with special needs - this is the estae-planning guide for today’s messy and complicated world. One of the biggest estate planning mistakes people make, says Silverman, is waiting too long to start. Which is why the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook isn’t just for those planning for retirement or their golden years. It’s for anyone, of any age, who wants the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes will be respected and your hard-earned money will get passed on as you would like. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Martin M. Shenkman
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Release Date: 2012-11-02
Genre: Health & Fitness
Outlines legal and practical recommendations for patients with COPD, discussing how primary assets can best be protected in relation to chronic illness while sharing coverage of such topics as writing a will, determining life insurance needs and assigning powers of attorney. Original.