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Nov

7

2019

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Don't Wait Until The Holidays To Do Your Estate Planning (That Might Be Too Late)

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The time of year is coming up for holiday travel and family gatherings. Holiday travel frequently causes clients to make a desperate last minute call to my office to make estate plans. If the call comes very close to the holiday travel date, it may not be possible to get the documents drafted in time. Attorneys like to take time off to enjoy the holidays too.

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Nov

1

2019

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The Holidays: The Perfect Time To Talk To Your Family About Legal Arrangements

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The holidays are a perfect time, while family and friends are gathered together (safely distanced, of course), to discuss whether estate planning and related legal matters are in order. It is a difficult subject to approach, but it is much better to be brave and tackle the subject than to avoid the discussion and regret later that plans which should have been made were not and you're left with a mess to deal with.

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Oct

9

2019

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What Is Involved In Setting Up A Living Trust

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Setting up a living trust is the best way to ensure your assets are passed onto the right people if you pass away. So how do you start the process?

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Sep

25

2019

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Part 6: The Cost Of Probate Alternatives

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

In this series of blogs, I am outlining various types of probates or probate alternatives to settle an estate and their likely costs. As I mentioned in the introduction to this series, the cost is predominantly determined by the type of procedure followed.

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Sep

18

2019

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Part 5: The Cost Of A Full Dependent Administration

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

In this series of blogs, I have outlined various different types of probates and probate alternatives to help you settle an estate and understand the potential costs. As I mentioned in the introduction to this series, the cost is predominantly determined by the type of procedure followed.

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Sep

18

2019

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It's Not Too Late For A 'Postnup' Agreement

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

There is good news. If you and your spouse can agree on the parameters, it’s not too late to outline how your property will be classified, as community or separate, how your joint finances will be handled, and support for children from prior marriages —even if you’re already married.

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Aug

1

2019

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Why You Should Have A Statutory Durable Power Of Attorney

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

An important component of an estate plan is a statutory durable power of attorney, otherwise called a general power of attorney. This power of attorney allows you to name an agent or agents to carry on business type activities on your behalf if for any reason you are not able to do so yourself.

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Jul

26

2019

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Part 2: The Cost Of Probate As An Independent Administration

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

An independent administration is the form of probate available when a will contains the proper legal provisions authorizing the independent administration of the estate. This means you can avoid extensive court supervision of the handling of the estate once the will has been admitted to probate.

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Jul

9

2019

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What Is The Cost Of Probate Or Administration Of An Estate?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

One of the first questions the family of a loved one that has passed will ask is, What will it cost to settle the estate?

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Jun

19

2019

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Cost Of Incorporation

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

If an attorney handles incorporation for you, he or she should take all of the steps necessary to set you up to go forward conducting business according to sound legal requirements to preserve the protection that is a primary goal of incorporation. This would include filing a certificate of formation with the secretary of state, drawing up initial bylaws or operating agreement (for a LLC), drawing up minutes of the organizational meeting, issuing stock or membership interests (for a LLC), and providing forms for minutes on an ongoing basis.

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