Legal Updates

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At the start of the year it’s a good idea to review your advanced health care directives.  This is particularly true if you are experiencing health problems. 

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Questionable Families

Who should I name as my power of attorney?  Often this is your spouse, what about a backup?  What should you do if your children don’t get along, or have conflicting opinions on how the estate should be handled? 

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Living Trusts

Trusts are fine but sometimes they don’t work.  A trust gives you continuity in your affairs, and helps you avoid probate.  However, you do have to be careful that all of your assets get included into the trust to avoid probate. 

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Beware of the Book

Many estate planners will provide potential clients with a binder full of information and forms for you to read and sift through.  A local attorney will know your situation and often will know your family and/or the local area, and will provide you with a customized plan suitable to your needs. 

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Legal Brochures

The Melchert Hubert Sjodin law office offers free of charge, an estate planning brochure.  The brochure provides information on estate planning, explaining legal terms and a general overview on what’s involved in estate planning and how it works. 

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