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We strive to make the process of estate planning and estate administration as simple and straightforward as possible. At American Wills and Estates we speak to our clients in plain English, and we are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are still grieving the loss of a loved one. Our number one goal is to put our clients at ease and to reassure them with competency and compassion in their times of need.


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    Seven Strange Last Will and Testaments

    I've been preparing Wills and other estate planning documents for my clients for over 25 years and I've seen some pretty strange stuff over the years, but I came across this article highlighting seven of the strangest Wills of all time and I thought you might get a kick out of it.  Take a look:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-of-the-most-unusual-wills-of-all-... Read More

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    So You Don't Think You Need Estate Planning? Think Again!

    Boy oh boy, every time I hear someone say "I don't need any estate planning, that's just for rich people", it makes me roll my eyes up in my head.  Here's an article from Forbes Magazine that should be a real eye opener for all of you procrastinators out there.  Estate planning is not just for old, rich people.  In fact, one of the most important roles it can play is to... Read More

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    Why Do I Need a Will?

    I constantly hear people say, "I don't need a Will, my estate is too small to matter."  Well, this is just a silly statement.  No matter the size of your estate, you should have a Will.  Here's an article I recently read that does a nice job of setting forth the top 10 reasons why having a Will is so necessary and important.  Take a look, I think you'll find it to be pretty... Read More

  • Make Sure Your Last Will and Testament is Prepared Properly

    I'm always amazed when I hear people say that they either prepared their own Last Will and Testament had it done by their CPA, their financial adviser, a notary public or some kind of online service. Most folks way to hard trust the preparation of such an important and vital document to a non-lawyer layperson.

    The late actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, trusted the... Read More

  • Overdose Response Guide

    Hardly a day goes by lately that we don't see an obituary in the paper about another young person who has lost their battle with addiction. It's a true crisis that we should all be concerned about. It's also important that we understand that drug and alcohol addiction affects people of all ages, races and social and economic spectra.

    A friend of mine recently sent me... Read More

  • Estate Planning for Seniors

    Moving a Loved One into Assisted Living or Personal Care

    Moving a parent or other loved one into an assisted living or personal care/nursing home type of facility is never easy. Here's a caretakers guide that does a nice job of laying out, in a step-b-step manner, the many different things that need to be taken into consideration when making such a decision.

    https://www.closetbox.com/resources/caretakers-guide-to-moving-... Read More

  • Important Steps to Take When a Parent or Loved One Starts to Show Signs of Alzheimer's or Dementia

    5.5 million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer's disease and 1 in 3 of us our likely to be impacted by it during our lifetimes. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the importance of planning in advance to protect ourselves as best as possible against the potential impact of this awful disease becomes all the more important.

    If you have a... Read More

  • The Greatest May Not Have Had the Greatest Estate Plan

    He was "The Greatest" and I certainly hope that he get's to rest in peace, but it sure looks like he might be in for one more fight from beyond the grave as his heirs prepare to do battle over his estate. It's a shame, but it looks like the champ may become another celebrity example of poor estate planning. Let's hope not, but it certainly should serve as a wake up call for... Read More

  • Estate Planning is Vitally Important to those Suffering the Early Stages of Alzheimer's

    The Gene Wilder story really drives home the importance of why having a valid, current and well drafted estate plan in place is just so important.

    https://goo.gl/Cc4j3N

    According to current 2017 figures 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's dementia and 1 in 10 of us will be impacted by this dreaded disease during our lifetimes. While a diagnosis of Alzheimer... Read More

  • 15 Very Strange Ways to Die

    One thing in life is certain and that's death. Here's a little video of 15 folks who perished in some very strange ways to say the least.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEJk_4Jy1Aw

    ​Hopefully none of these very odd deaths awaits any of us, but it's a good reminder of why having a well drafted estate plan in place is so important.

    If you've been... Read More

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