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What Happens to Assets Left Out of a Living Trust? - Werner Law Firm

What Happens to Assets Left Out of a Living Trust?

A living trust is a unique estate planning tool because it effectively transfers ownership over specified assets and property to someone else through a third party, while giving the original owner a varying degree of control while the assets remain in the third party’s care. This is important in the context of estate planning at

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Before Declaring Bankruptcy, Read This - Werner Law Firm

Before Declaring Bankruptcy, Read This

The process for declaring bankruptcy is a critically important element of our financial system. Giving businesses and people the ability to discharge debts under certain circumstances breathes fresh life into them and earn a second chance in our system. When it comes to financial success, taking risks and hoping for the best is part of

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Estate Plan Updates to Make Pre, During and Post-Divorce - Werner Law Firm

Estate Plan Updates to Make Pre, During and Post-Divorce

Regardless of the outcome, divorce is an arduous process. Even when both individuals end up on amicable terms, the emotional and financial repercussions of divorce are often immense. Given the sensitive nature of the process, it makes sense that something as inconsequential as estate planning is the furthest thing from most people’s minds. However, estate

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No, Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich - Werner Law Firm

No, Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Rich

In the minds of most people, estate planning is an exclusive luxury to the wealthy, built by expensive lawyers explicitly to minimize the cost of generational wealth transfer. But this common belief misunderstands the purpose and usefulness of estate planning in general, as well as its applicability to the average middle-class American family. To explain

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Crisis Planning From Home: Protecting Your Family, Finances During COVID-19 - Werner Law Firm

Crisis Planning From Home: Protecting Your Family, Finances During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis continues to place a heavy burden on countless households throughout the country. To reduce its growth and spread, governments have implemented social distancing and lockdown rules. By slowing the infection rate, an encumbered healthcare system could treat those in critical condition while helping mitigate casualties. But these measures have had an additional

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What Is an Asset Protection Trust? - Werner Law Firm

What Is an Asset Protection Trust?

Trusts are a very versatile tool in estate planning. They can be deployed to avoid the probate process, keep an estate’s total value within the federal estate tax exemption, and protect a child’s inheritance from their spending habits. Trusts are more complex and offer a greater array of possibilities than other estate planning tools, such

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