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The Durable Power of Attorney

For most people, the durable power of attorney is the most important estate planning instrument available -- even more useful than a will. 

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Understanding the Differences Between a Will and a Trust

Everyone has heard the terms "will" and "trust," but not everyone knows the differences between the two...

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Capacity Requirements for Executing Estate Planning Documents

Proper execution of a legal instrument requires that the person signing have sufficient mental "capacity" to understand the implications of the document. 

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Your Will

Your will is a legally-binding statement directing who will receive your property at your death. Why should you have a will?Here are some reasons.

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What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues demanding attention.

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The Five Components of a Good Estate Plan

Many people believe that if they have a will, their estate planning is complete, but there is much more to a solid estate plan.

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Your Medical Directive

Any complete estate plan should include a medical directive. 

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Estate Planning in the Age of Stepfamilies

A recent trust case from North Dakota highlights the importance of taking current and potential step-relationships into account when planning your estate.

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