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The 6 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

If you’re like most people, you have the best of intentions with regard to how you want your estate distributed when you die or your affairs handled should you become incapacitated.

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Reverse Mortgages Can Pose Problems for Heirs

Reverse mortgages can be a big help to seniors needing extra cash, but they can become a nightmare for their heirs.

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Accounting for Gifts and Loans to Children in Your Estate Plan

Post-death conflicts often arise, especially when a parent has gifted or loaned money to one child and not others...

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Getting Comfortable With Estate Planning Terminology

Two ElderLawAnswers member attorneys offer concise definitions of common estate planning terms.

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Using a No-Contest Clause to Prevent Heirs from Challenging a Will or Trust

If you are worried that disappointed heirs could contest your will or trust after you die, one option is to include a "no-contest clause" in your estate planning documents.

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Are You Ready for the Return of the $1 Million Estate Tax Exemption?

Lawmakers have unwittingly created an incentive for the very wealthy to die before the year is out ...

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What Is a Life Estate?

A life estate often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning.It is a form of joint ownership that allows one person to remain in a house until his or her death, when it passes to the other owner.

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Your Estate Plan: What Legacy Will You Leave?

Estate planning is primarily about how to pass your property on after your death to the recipients of your estate w...

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