Living Trusts vs. Wills: What’s Best for Retirees? | Werner Law Firm

Living Trusts vs. Wills: What’s Best for Retirees?

When it comes to matters of estate planning, there are generally two tools that are most often discussed: revocable living trusts, and the last will and testament. However, choosing between them is not completely straightforward – they each have their benefits, drawbacks, and overall effectiveness depends largely upon your financial situation and a few other …

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What Is Probate, Anyway? | Werner Law Firm

What Is Probate, Anyway?

Probate comes from the old Latin and English for proving, giving a big clue on what the process is meant to do. A probate process illuminates the contents of a last will and testament and proves them, legitimizing the will and authorizing its execution at the hands of a capable and court-appointed estate executor. The …

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6 Times You Need to Update Your Will | Werner Law Firm

6 Times You Need to Update Your Will

Most Americans lack any sort of estate plan or will whatsoever, which can be to a huge detriment to their family after death. While the law tries and makes the probate process as simply and straightforward as possible, it can be a distressing experience for a family to deal with the consequences of no end-of-life …

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Does Your Estate Plan Include Your Pets? | Werner Law Firm

Does Your Estate Plan Include Your Pets?

The law sees pets as property. For now. However, even in the eyes of the law, pets are more than just an extension of your material wealth. Animal law tries to fight for the welfare of animals, criminalizing cruelty, neglect and torturous treatment of animals. But that doesn’t change that, fundamentally, the law still sees …

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Key Legacy Planning Lessons Learned From Kurt Cobain | Werner Law Firm

Key Legacy Planning Lessons Learned From Kurt Cobain

Celebrities often have the largest estates and the most reason for considering proper estate planning. Yet beyond simply protecting your assets and valuables and ensuring that they go into the right hands, artists also carry the need for proper legacy planning. Legacy planning is separate from estate planning – it’s about utilizing the legal tools …

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Dangers of DIY Estate Planning | Werner Law Firm

The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

With the advent of the Internet, there is almost no limit to the idea of “do-it-yourself” (DIY). Theoretically, you could do anything yourself with a little bit of research and a few resources – even when it comes to legal matters. A will, for example, is technically only a single document with your signature and …

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