Living Trusts for Everyone

Why a Will Is Not the Way to Avoid Probate, Protect Heirs, and Settle Estates (Second Edition)

Author: Ronald Farrington Sharp

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621535703

Category: Law

Page: 192

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Readers say it best: "Very informative", "saved me a lot of money and headaches!", "recommend it for everyone who has to plan estates for their elderly parents" Living Trusts for Everyone is the best resource for setting up a living trust. Explaining in specific terms what benefits a trust will have, Ronald Farrington Sharp gives the tools necessary to set up a loved one’s trust with no lawyers and no expense. Wills benefit lawyers. Trusts benefit the clients. Too often lawyers sell wills to clients only to sit back and wait to sell their probate services to their clients’ heirs. Ronald Farrington Sharp describes the best way to handle modern estate planning and details the many advantages trusts have over wills in not only eliminating probate but in also protecting your assets for your heirs. Sharp explains why legal services are not needed to do the clerical work in settling a trust after death. This updated edition includes new information on an array of subjects, including: Elimination of the federal estate tax for most estates due to increased exemption amounts Online assets The use of passwords, usernames, and websites Keeping trustees honest and the process of removing trustees for malfeasance Forms for simplifying the planning process Strategies to lower attorneys’ fees>/li> With no legal jargon, just step-by-step instructions and sample form letters, Living Trusts for Everyone takes the mystery out of the process of setting up a trust.

The Complete Book of Wills, Estates & Trusts

Author: Alexander A. Bove, Jr., Esq.

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466829001

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 1871

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The best legal guide to wills and estates—with more than 80,000 copies sold—now updated to cover the current asset protection options and estate laws Whether grappling with modest or extensive assets, The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts has long been the indispensable guide for protecting an estate for loved ones. In this completely revised third edition, updated to cover the latest changes in estate law, attorney Alexander A. Bove, Jr., clearly explains • how to use a will to avoid probate and legal complications • how trusts work and how to use trusts to save taxes • how to contest a will and how to avoid a contest • how to settle an estate or make a claim against one • how to establish a durable power of attorney • how to protect assets from creditors In his straightforward and humorous style, Bove shares easy-to-understand legal definitions, savvy advice on taxes, and pragmatic and simple sample forms, all illustrated with entertaining examples and actual cases. The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts is the best guide available for defending your financial legacy

Make Your Own Living Trust

Author: Denis Clifford

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413323405

Category: Law

Page: 360

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Living trusts simplified! Protect your family and avoid probate with this bestselling guide Death may be inevitable, but probate doesn't have to be. By creating a living trust, your property will bypass lengthy and expensive probate proceedings and go directly to the people you've designated, quickly and easily. Make Your Own Living Trust explains what living trusts are, how they work, why you may want one. You'll learn how to: create an individual or shared living trust transfer assets to your trust, including real estate, stocks and bonds, jewelry, art, or a small business name beneficiaries for all trust property sign your document and make it legal appoint someone to manage property left to minors or young adults provide for trust property management if you become incapacitated retain absolute control over trust property while you live register, amend, or revoke a trust, and make a basic will. Make Your Own Living Trust includes all the forms you need to create your own trust, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out. Completely updated and revised, this edition includes the latest tax and legal information, including updated information about the federal estate tax. Good in all states except Louisiana.

How to Avoid Probate by Creating a Living Trust

A Simple Yet Complete Guide

Author: Gordon Mead Bennett

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Publishing

ISBN: 9780760754726

Category: Law

Page: 213

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Learn how simple it is to create your own probate-avoiding, tax-saving living trust without the expense and double-talk of a lawyer. Find out: Why a living trust is better than a will, how to quickly and easily transfer assets into your trust, how married couples can double their estate tax exemption, the best way to name a gardian for your underage children, how to protect yourself and your assets in the case of physical or mental incapacity, how to assign financial and health care powers of attorney, and more.

Infectious

How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within

Author: Achim Nowak

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1581159242

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 197

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A performance coach to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies explains how to change the art of modern conversation in order to deepen interpersonal connections through focusing on four levels of energy.

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Good Credit

How to Earn Good Credit in a Bad Economy

Author: John Ulzheimer

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621531430

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 8628

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Most credit books promise quick fixes and easy solutions to bad credit, but the truth is there is no quick fix when it comes to credit. Your best strategy as a smart consumer is to understand your credit inside and out. Credit expert John Ulzheimer can give you all the tools you need to master the world of credit, before or after you get into trouble, and take the power back into your own hands. Topics covered include: • The difference between a credit score and a credit report • The best way to deal with collection agencies • How to monitor your credit report • Protecting yourself from identity theft • The impact of student loans on your credit score • How to opt out of unwanted credit card offers The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Good Credit answers all of your questions about credit (including the ones you didn’t even know you should be asking!) and yes, even explains the best ways to work toward improving a bad credit score.

How to Plan and Settle Estates

Author: Edmund Fleming

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621533999

Category: Law

Page: 288

View: 3219

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This up-to-date, thorough, and authoritative guide clearly explains all of the complexities of planning and administering an estate. From wills, trusts, and powers of attorney to health-care directives and probate, everything you need to know is presented in an accessible, friendly style. This indispensable tool provides readers with: • A step-by-step planning process • In-depth coverage of Federal tax issues • Helpful checklists • Real-life examples • An extensive glossary of terms • Sample forms and documents How to Plan and Settle Estates is an invaluable resource for protecting loved ones, saving time and money, and reducing stress for anyone setting up or handling an estate. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

The Living Trust Advisor

Everything You (and Your Financial Planner) Need to Know about Your Living Trust

Author: Jeffrey L. Condon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119093317

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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A comprehensive guide to living trusts, with expert financial and legal guidance The Living Trust Advisor is an expert guide for both advisors and their clients on the complex process of establishing, living with, and maintaining a living trust. Written by renowned family inheritance attorney Jeffrey L. Condon, this book discusses the various aspects of this important document, and shows you how to manage a seamless transfer of assets to various beneficiaries. This new second edition has been fully updated and revised to reflect the extensive changes to the Estate Tax Law that have taken place since the initial publication, giving you the most up-to-date information and guidance on preserving your wealth and helping your heirs avoid estate tax liability. You'll develop a vision for your trust before you ever meet with an attorney or other key players, and learn how to establish and maintain a trust that remains rock-solid for your lifetime and beyond. As the living trust has replaced the will as the primary means of settling after-death estates, clear guidance and current legal information is of utmost importance for advisors and clients alike. This book is a valuable resource for every stage of planning and execution, helping you ensure that you provide for your beneficiaries the way you intend. Know what to think about before your first meeting with a lawyer Establish and manage your living trust to carry out your wishes Identify potential inheritance problems and build solutions into the trust Distribute assets to future generations, and protect them after the transfer Dealing with complex financial and legal issues while facing our own mortality is a difficult task, but making these decisions is critical to the future outcome of your estate. The Living Trust Advisor expertly guides you through the process so you can be confident that your wishes will be carried out.

Understanding Living Trusts

How You Can Avoid Probate, Save Taxes, and Enjoy Peace of Mind

Author: Vickie Schumacher,Jim Schumacher

Publisher: Schumacher Publishing

ISBN: 9780945811121

Category: Estate planning

Page: 266

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The fifth edition of this bestseller is packed with the most complete and easy-to-read information on Living Trusts, Wills, probate, taxes and estate planning strategies. Includes step-by-step action plan and free access to directory of estate planning attorneys. Previous editions sold over 350,000 copies.

How to Settle Your Living Trust

How You Can Settle a Living Trust Swiftly, Easily, and Safely

Author: Henry W. Abts,Abts Henry

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780809228447

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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With samples and explanations of all the necessary documents, this guide provides everything readers need to know in order to dissolve and dispose of assets, understand legal and financial aspects of trusts, handle asset valuation, and more.

The Pocket Small Business Owner's Guide to Starting Your Business on a Shoestring

Author: Carol Tice

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621532909

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 9731

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Most businesses that close their doors have one thing in common: They ran out of money. Don’t let this happen to you. This indispensable book, part of Allworth’s popular Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide series, will help you to save money on every aspect of your business, from advertising to overhead. With invaluable cost-cutting tips for all types of businesses, from e-commerce and home-based operations to services and retail, this guide will help you create a blueprint that will allow your business to survive and thrive. You’ll save on: Advertising Marketing Purchasing Transportation and shipping Labor Financing Facilities Operations Taxes And more! In today’s economy, small business owners must seize every opportunity to keep costs down, and every penny saved goes to your bottom line. Follow this street-smart advice to lay the foundation for a business that will be profitable for years to come.

Wills and Trusts Kit For Dummies

Author: Aaron Larson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470507713

Category: Law

Page: 384

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Navigate probate, tax issues, and state laws Create an estate plan and protect your family's interests Need a will, but have no idea where to start? This friendly guide shows youhow to prepare a legal will or trust — either on your own or with professional help — and ensure that your wishes are honored. You'll handle everything from planning your bequests and writing and signing a will to selecting a trust and drafting your durable power of attorney. Discover how to: Provide for your children Hire and work with professionals Minimize tax liabilities Amend or revoke a will or trust Avoid common estate planning mistakes Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care

Don't Let the System Bankrupt You and Your Loved Ones

Author: Evan H. Farr

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621535622

Category: Law

Page: 208

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Have you ever considered the advantages of creating a living trust? Avoiding probate through the use of living trusts is a well-known solution, but author Evan H. Farr takes this issue one step further. In Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care, Farr explains the need to consider both probate and the expenses of long-term care when you create a living trust. A revocable living trust, the main tool used for protecting your assets from probate, does not protect assets from the catastrophic expenses of long-term care. A very useful and popular estate planning tool, revocable living trusts are recommended by tens of thousands of attorneys across the United States and are used as the central estate planning document by millions of Americans. However, what most Americans don’t realize is that assets in such a trust are not protected from lawsuits or from the limitless expenses associated with nursing homes or long-term care. In order to help readers protect themselves from both probate and long-term care, Farr delves into the many details you should know when creating a living trust. He also outlines his Living Trust Plus™ Asset Protection Trust, which is the only type of self-created asset protection trust that allows you to avoid probate and retain an interest in the trust while also protecting the assets from being counted by state Medicaid agencies. He details the process of avoiding probate and securing assets, including: Joint ownership problems Special needs planning How to pay for the nursing home Why Medicaid planning is ethical The ten most common Medicaid myths Finding the right lawyer Protecting Your Assets from Probate and Long-Term Care will help to ensure your family does not have to reap the consequences (and expenses) of improperly creating a living trust.

Kentucky Probate

Author: William Allen Schmitt,Glen S. Bagby,J. Robert Lyons, Jr.

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 032718275X

Category: Law

Page: 628

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This compact, easy-to-use manual will help you gather and organize the information you need to process and document your most common probate actions. It includes an overview of Kentucky probate basics, fact-gathering data sheets for recording vital information, steps for completing the administration of a decedent's estate, sample letters, sample forms, and much more. This eBook features links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.

The Executor's Guide

Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust

Author: Mary Randolph

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413324819

Category: Law

Page: 520

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The Executor's Guide shows someone who's wrapping up a loved one's estate how to proceed, step by step. It explains what must be done right away and what can wait, and guides readers through a land of unfamiliar legal procedures and terminology. It covers: preparing for the job of executor or trustee the first steps to take claiming life insurance, Social Security, and other benefits making sense of a will what to do if there is no will how to determine whether probate is necessary--it may not be! managing assets a child inherits taxes an overview of probate court proceedings what you can do to avoid disputes with family members handling trusts looking up your state's laws, and working with lawyers, appraisers, accountants and other experts. The Executor's Guide contains tables that outline key points of each state's laws, the latest information on estate tax laws, and helpful worksheets.

How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs

Medicaid Secrets

Author: K. Gabriel Heiser

Publisher: MedicaidSecrets.com

ISBN: 0979080118

Category: Law

Page: 237

View: 7807

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Written by an elder law attorney with over 23 years experience, this book will help anyone with a family member faced with a long-term stay in a nursing home who wishes to preserve at least some of their assets by qualifying for the Medicaid program. You dont have to be broke to qualify! For the first time ever, the inside secrets of high-priced estate planning and elder law attorneys are revealed. Includes a summary of all income and asset rules for both married and single individuals, together with numerous examples and several case studies, which take the reader through the same thought processes that an experienced elder law attorney would go through when analyzing a real-life clients situation. The book includes tips on: how to title your home so you do not lose it to the state; how to make transfers to family members that wont disqualify you from Medicaid; how annuities make assets disappear; smart tricks for spending down your assets; what to change in your will to save thousands of dollars if your spouse ever needs nursing home care; avoiding the states reimbursement claim following the nursing home residents death; and much more. Completely up-to-date, the book includes the massive changes made by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 as well as the December 2006 Tax Relief and Health Care Act amendments.

Quick & Legal Will Book

Author: Denis Clifford

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413324037

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 353

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In all 50 states, if you die without an estate plan, state law determines what happens to your property. To take control of what happens to your property when you die, you can use this book to create a will that distributes your property, names your executor, and sets up guardianships for your children and their property.

Every Californian's Guide To Estate Planning

Wills, Trust & Everything Else

Author: Liza Hanks

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 141332469X

Category: Law

Page: 250

View: 7300

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Estate planning books often fall into two categories: Those that are overwhelming and full of jargon, focusing on strategies to avoid taxes, or those that provide a general overview of wills, trusts, and estate planning tools and issues at a basic level. Every Californian's Guide to Estate Planning is different: It focuses on estate planning issues that are unique to people who call California home. California is different from almost anywhere else, people come from all over the world to live here, less than 25% of our families fit the traditional model, property is subject to community property rules, and our property tax rates are kept low until a property changes hands. No other estate planning book on the market addresses international issues, how to plan for blended families, how and why community property matters in an estate plan, or how to pass low property taxes on to your children. Written by an estate planning attorney with more than 15 years of experience, complex issues are explained in clear and concise language with lots of examples based on real life stories.

Build Your Own Living Revocable Trust

A Guide to Creating a Living Revocable Trust

Author: Patrick X. Gallagher

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781514675854

Category:

Page: 72

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Living Revocable Trust: What You Need to Know to Create One Today!? Why wait when it can be done now? Free yourself of future problems with your Will by building your very own Living Revocable Trust. You do not have to be a millionaire in order to build a Trust. Anyone who wants to protect his or her assets should have a Trust. This eBook is here to help you out.This eBook - "Building your Own Living Revocable Trust: A Pocket Guide to Creating a Living Revocable Trust"- was created by author Patrick X. Gallagher with the aim to offer an easy and inexpensive way of creating your very own Trust. The author provides a personal narrative of his experience in creating his own living revocable trust. He turns this narrative into a self-help instructional and in-depth discussion of how you can build your own Trust. If you want to protect your assets while you are still able to do so, then do it now. Create your living revocable trust and you will eliminate the hassle of going to a probate court in the future. Sure you can create your Will to protect your assets and make sure that your family gets them. But after you have died, your family needs to prove in a probate court that the Will is valid. With a Living Revocable Trust, you can save your family from the pain and financial stress of a probate hearing.This new living trust eBook guarantees a clear, straight-forward, and thorough break down of the steps you will undertake in order to write and complete your very own trust. In addition to these steps, the author also includes in his Living Revocable Trust eBook some of the document samples.He guarantees that you will spend less money in building your own Trust that you will normally have to pay a lawyer to make.Patrick X. Gallagher wants to share his experience and know-how on building a living revocable trust to those who would like to know which assets should be included and excluded from a Trust. Those who would also like to empower themselves with the benefits of a creating a living revocable trust will benefit from buying this eBook. Moreover, those who are self-directed will reap the advantages of having this eBook in their hands. You can learn from someone who has already created and funded his own Trust without the help of a lawyer who may seem to be only after the money that they will get from assisting you. While the author is not a lawyer, this plays to the advantage of the eBook reader. The author assures that the eBook will be a healthy exchange of ideas between someone who has experienced creating a Trust all by himself and someone who just want things done thoroughly yet inexpensively. Why keep a Trust for your Assets? Why Not Settle for a Will?Apart from the reasons extensively explained in this eBook, a living revocable trust is a document that can be revoked, changed, or terminated at any time that the Trustee (the creator of the Trust) wishes to do so. In this way, your assets become more fluid. Also, the assets are kept protected as the Trust can be updated while the Trustee is still alive and well.Unlike a Will, a Trust is more flexible and sustainable. A complete analysis and comparison between a Trust and a Will is presented in this eBook.While you are still around to protect your assets, why not start building your own Living Revocable Trust? Do not wait for your family to suffer the consequences of a probate.Get Started with Building a Living Revocable Trust.Protect your assets by creating a document that privately assures the security of your assets that you want to pass down to your family and relatives.Free yourself from the troubles while you still can. This eBook is here to help you complete a living revocable trust easily minus the headache and cost of dealing with lawyers. Be your own financial guru and protect your family today.Wait no Longer - click the buy button now!