August 2017 Archives

Wills versus revocable trusts: The benefits of a living trust

A revocable living trust is not the same as a will, and it has some special benefits. To start with, you need to understand the differences. A revocable living trust is able to be altered at any time if you change your mind, similarly to how a will works. However, a revocable living trust spares your family the hassle of probate, which is something necessary when a will is used. Probate is a court-supervised process that is always required when someone dies with or without a will. Probate is the process by which the will is read and the estate passed to the heirs.

This is what happens if there is no will when a loved one dies

If a loved one passes away without a will, then it's important to understand how his or her estate is passed down in accordance with New York's laws. When there is no will, you and your family may be called "distributees" instead of heirs. This term refers to anyone who is entitled to a share of the decedent's estate. If the decedent has direct family, then the law dictates who the property goes to in this order.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's estate lost millions: Here's why

When you plan your estate, there are ways to prevent the loss of assets due to taxes and other fees or fines. When you don't take the right steps when planning your estate, the assets you transfer to your loved ones may end up costing them money or be heavily taxed.

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