The State of Estate Planning | Werner Law Firm

The State of Estate Planning

There are two major issues facing estate planning today: first, most people who interest themselves with estate planning do so later on in life, despite the fact that there are many benefits to informing yourself and being prepared on matters of inheritance as soon as you have something to pass onto your loved ones, and …

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Why Families Need to Have Inheritance Conversations Now | Werner Law Firm

Why Families Need to Have Inheritance Conversations Now

Art imitates life, and sometimes, it gives us a unique perspective on something we’ve never noticed or taken for granted about ourselves. At other times, it simply points out idiosyncrasies and makes us question how we deal with certain things. For example: death. As important and inevitable as death is, we rarely talk about it, …

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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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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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