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Dad, Can We Talk? Answers to 9 Top Questions About Discussing Long-Term Care Planning

At what point is it appropriate for grown children, spouses, caregivers or friends to attempt to discuss ...

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Tailoring a Will and Power of Attorney for Multiple States

If you own property -- whether houses, bank accounts, or vehicles -- in more than one state, do you need estate plan...

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How Do an Estate's Debts Get Paid?

An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased person's estate.  One of an executor's main jobs is to pay people or institutions to whom the estate owes money, called the estate's creditors.

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Incentive Trusts: Ensuring That an Inheritance Will Be Well Spent

Some parents, fearful of how a large inheritance will affect their heirs, set up what are known as “incentive trusts” that ensure that the trust funds support positive behavior and discourage unproductive activities. 

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The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Learning what not to do can be just as instructive as learning what to do.

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Why Plan Your Estate?

The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living be...

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Back to Black: Amy Winehouse Didn't Have a Will After All

Following the death of singer Amy Winehouse from alcohol poisoning last July, the British paper the Daily Mail reported ... 

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Who Can Serve as Executor?

One important reason to have a will is to be able to name your executor (also called a personal representative)...

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