Power of Attorneys
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.
Estate Planning Doesn't Have to be Complicated
I think a lot of folks put off doing their estate planning because, let’s face it, no one really wants to dwell on their own mortality. That being said, the other biggest reason for such procrastination is probably the fear that it is going to be a complicated and expensive matter to pursue.
The reality is that, for the vast majority of us, our estate planning needs... Read More
Power of Attorneys are Extremely Important, But Make Sure You Understand What You Are Signing
A well drafted Durable Power of Attorney is an extremely important part of most of our clients overall estate plans, but make sure you understand the significance of the power that you will be granting. This article that appeared in the N.Y. Times does a nice job of explaining the importance of these documents, but also how they can lead to fraud and abuse if given to the... Read More
Common Estate Planning Mistakes by NFL Players
1. Living in the present, instead of planning for the... Read More
Probate Estate Administration & Estate Planning at the Right Price
Whether you need our legal services to assist you in the probate estate administration of... Read More
Estate Planning Procrastination: Top Reasons People Give for not Having an Estate Plan
I’M TOO BUSY AND I’M NOT PLANNING ON DYING TOMORROW
This is my personal favorite and the one I hear most often. To be fair, it’s somewhat understandable because I know we all live very hectic and busy lives. Let’s face it, sitting down to discuss your own... Read More
3 Important Estate Planning Considerations for Our Aging Population
Here's a great little article highlighting 3 important estate planning considerations for our ever aging population. Take a read.
Three crucial areas to discuss with your clients
Jul 5, 2016John M. Goralka | Trusts & Estates
In the United States, we’re all living longer—at least, I plan to do so if at all possible. Today, men live an average of 76... Read More
Protecting Digital Assets
PROTECTING DIGITAL ASSETS:
6 Important Steps to Take on Death or Incapacity
It used to be enough for a fiduciary and his attorney to simply search through a decedent’s or incapacitated person’s papers in his or her workplace and at home, watch the mailbox for a 90 day cycle, and review tax returns and account statements. Things are more complicated now and a... Read More
EVERYONE NEEDS BASIC ESTATE PLANNING
If you assume that you don’t have any assets, you could be making the mistake of skipping out on an estate plan entirely. An estate plan is one of the most important collections of documents that you will have and there are many reasons why.
Every person has an estate with very few exceptions. Even a young child who has a custodial account in his or her name could... Read More