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Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay your debts.

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Updating Your Estate Plan When Your Finances Change

In the recent economic downturn, many homes have lost considerable value and stock portfolios have plummeted.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Rules Gay Spouse Is Entitled to Estate Tax Refund

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, clearing the way for the surviving spouse of a lesbian couple to receive a refund of the taxes she was forced to pay because the federal government did not consider her married to her spouse

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Keeping Track of Your Will

Once you've taken the step to create a will and get your estate plan in order, you need to figure out what to do with the will itself.It is imp...

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Does Your Estate Plan Include Your Pets?

Have you considered your pet or pets when planning your estate?If not, you should, according to The Humane Society...

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Four Provisions People Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

Even if you've created an estate plan, are you sure you included everything you need to?

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Resolving Conflicts Between Co-Agents on a Power of Attorney

Having power of attorney over a family member is a big responsibility and sometimes it makes sense to share ...

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Make Sure Your Power of Attorney Complies with Federal Privacy Law

A power of attorney and a health care proxy are two of the most important estate planning documents you can have, but in some inst...

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