One of the most common things that you and your spouse may want to avoid doing when creating a will is selecting a guardian for your children. But it is also the most important thing you can do. Do you really want a judge who doesn't know your children to be the one to appoint a guardian if something happens to you?
Many people who may not have a wealth of money, property or assets rely on insurance policies to take care of their loved ones if something happens to them. While relying on an insurance policy to take care of your family is a great idea, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Financial advisers, who are entrusted to give the best advice possible to their investors, have gotten a bad name. Just like in any business, there are good and bad. Because some financial advisers have overstepped the bounds of good faith and given poor advice in an effort to make their own commission larger, it has facilitated tarnishing the reputations of good advisers also, who are working hard for their investors.
Most people who are planning their estates know that a will is the foundational document in the plan. When you create a will, you clarify your wishes regarding the distribution of assets, and an estate planning attorney can help you draft a will with enforceable language that leaves nothing to chance.
A commonly overlooked estate planning document is the health care directive, otherwise known as a living will or an advance directive. Most people who think seriously about estate planning draft a will to address matters of property distribution, but often the planning stops there.
The estate, probate and will contest attorneys of Landrum & Shouse LLP handle a wide variety of estate-related matters, including the preparation of wills and trusts, disputes over inheritances, and creditors' claims against estates. We know that, with the right planning, estate assets can be preserved and protected; loved ones can be provided for; and confusion and litigation can be prevented.
There are many different kinds of trusts that can be used to control and protect assets in Kentucky. Here let's discuss the two basic kinds of trusts: revocable and irrevocable.
Most business owners probably have at least a vague idea of what should happen to their business after they let it go or after they're gone. But an idea that you don't detail in writing isn't likely to help you or your heirs in matters of business succession.
What will your legacy be after you're gone? It's a difficult question. With the right planning, though, at the very least you can protect your loved ones from disputes over your assets and debts. For you and your heirs, effective estate planning can provide the great benefits of clarity and peace of mind.
A well-drafted will is a foundational estate planning document. Every estate owner should have a will. However, a will does not offer the full range of options for protecting your assets from the costly and time-consuming probate process. If your goal is to keep your assets and your loved ones out of probate, then creating a trust is a good decision.