Insight on Estate Planning - February/March 2021

Jan 27, 2021   Print PDF

Related Practice: Estate Planning & Administration

Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the February/March issue…

Attention Business Owners: It’s Time to Talk About Estate Planning

For many small business owners, estate planning may be the last thing on their minds, especially if they’re struggling to recover after a turbulent 2020. However, not only can estate planning help ensure that one’s objectives are met should they die unexpectedly or become disabled, it may protect the business. Also, an estate plan may provide a smooth transition to the next generation. This article details specific estate planning strategies for business owners.

The Art of Estate Planning: An Art Collection Is a Special Asset to Account for in an Estate Plan

It goes without saying that an art collection, including paintings, sculptures and other pieces of art, can represent a significant portion of a person’s estate. Thus, it’s critical to account for these assets in their estate plan. Learn about the importance of having one’s art collection valued by a professional valuator and lists three options available for incorporating art into an estate plan.

Understanding the Terms of Health Care Directives

Estate planning experts usually cite the need to include advance health care directives in a comprehensive estate plan. But there’s often disagreement about the legal names given to those directives and their optimal use, depending on one’s jurisdiction. In any event, regardless of what they’re called in the state where you reside, it’s important to create these documents and keep one’s family in the loop. This article defines several health care directive terms.

Estate Planning Pitfall: Your Elderly Relative Won’t Commit to Estate Planning

There are many obstacles in the path to estate planning. One of the more difficult to overcome is when an elderly parent or family member refuses to cooperate or even acknowledge the need for estate planning measures. This brief article discusses steps to take to encourage a parent or other family member to create an estate plan.

Estate Planning During a Pandemic

Many people may be tempted to use an online fill-in-the-blank Will form when estate planning during a pandemic. However, important steps can be missed when going this route. This article discusses the peace of mind that comes with using an attorney for your estate planning needs.

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