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You Can't Take It With You, So How Will You Leave it Behind?
Steve Allen. You Can't Take It With You, So How Will You Leave it Behind? 2007. Legal Awareness Series, Inc. 264 Pages.
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In You Can't Take It With You, estate planning attorney Steve Allen advocates using a revocable living trust as the foundation of your estate plan. Extremely easy to read, with entertaining anecdotes, the book provides a strong case for not procrastinating in setting up an estate plan.
The book provides an overview of the probate process and the reasons to try to avoid probate. According to Allen, a revocable living trust can help you avoid probate, keep your estate private, paying lower taxes, and steer clear of problems with joint tenancy, among other things. He provides case studies of how to use a trust and gives advice on how to find the right attorney to help you set up the trust. But readers should be aware that the probate process and costs can vary dramatically from state to state, so probate avoidance is not necessarily beneficial in all situations. Consult an elder law or estate planning attorney to determine whether a revocable living trust is appropriate in your situation.
Allen also explains various methods for protecting assets from creditors or judgments, including a family limited partnership, asset protection trust, and a Medicaid annuity. In addition, he discusses protecting business assets, including special recommendations for doctors and other licensed professionals.
Each chapter concludes with action items and the final chapter is an action list to get you started. In addition, you can go to Allen's Web site to download checklists and forms.