Category Archives: Last Will and Testament

The right to refuse life-extending medical care is well-established in the U.S. Millions of Americans have living wills instructing doctors not to give them certain kinds of treatment. In Japan the idea is a novel one and being hotly debated. In the United States when you prepare your estate plan, you will be asked if […]

Inheriting commercial real estate can seem like a financial windfall for many people. But it can turn into a financial nightmare if environmental pollution is later discovered on the property. In "Contaminated Property Makes for Costly Inheritance" the New York Times writes about two heirs to commercial real estate who had to pay a high […]

If you have a child who you do not communicate with, you might want to make sure that the child does not receive part of your estate. The decision to do that can be difficult, but the process is not. A recent Market Watch column, entitled "Can my 40-year-old long-lost daughter get my estate?," features […]

One of the best times to review your estate plan or to get one, if you do not already have one, is when you are doing your yearly taxes. Even if you have the assistance of an accountant, filing your income tax return can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Most people want to get […]

Traditional funerals overseen by a funeral director in a funeral home can be very expensive. Many are choosing the even older option of having home funerals. Having a mortician embalm the remains of the deceased and having a funeral director oversee a public mourning now seem like the traditional ways of burying the dead in […]

Late musician David Bowie's will was recently submitted to probate. Other than how his remains should be handled the will contains little that is unusual. As a musician and performer David Bowie was always unique. Depending on a person's point of view, Bowie could even at times have been considered weird or bizarre. This made […]

Are you old or young? Wealthy or poor? Do you know what? It doesn’t matter! Everyone, no matter what their age or financial status, needs a will. And yet despite this fact, more than half of Americans don’t have a will at all. If you’re one of those people who have neglected to create a will, […]

Do you speak legalese? Whether you do or you don’t, you’ll be happy to know that English is still the preferred language of American attorneys. Communication is key when it comes to estate planning, so if your attorney isn’t willing to explain unfamiliar terms to you and speak in clear language, it’s time to find […]

As you prepare your estate plan, you might consider leaving a portion of your savings to a beloved charity (or two, or three . . . ). Wherever your heart lies—animal rights, environmental preservation, educational outreach, medical research and services, the reduction of poverty, etc.—you are sure to find a deserving and honorable charity. So […]