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Feud Between Brothers Demonstrates the Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

Although you may never be fully prepared for a family emergency, it is possible to take preventative steps to ensure that your loved ones will be taken care of when faced with the unexpected. A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to establish a long-term care plan before […]

Probate vs. Non-probate: What Is the Difference?

When planning your estate it is important to understand the difference between probate and non-probate assets. Probate is the process through which a court oversees the executor in the management of your estate. Some assets are probate assets and some assets bypass the court process and go directly to your beneficiaries (non-probate assets). The probate […]

Four Steps to Take Right After a Dementia Diagnosis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is important to start planning immediately. There are several essential documents you need to have in place TODAY.   If you do not already have these in place, you need to act quickly; especially after a diagnosis of dementia. Having dementia does not mean […]

Don’t forget to check retirement plan beneficiary designations

Many people periodically update their wills or other estate plans, but do not remember to update who will receive distributions from their retirement plans (such as IRAs and 401(k)s) upon their deaths. Every year you should review your entire estate plan, and the review should include retirement plan “beneficiary designations” to make sure they are […]

How do you know if you have capacity to sign 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. While most people speak of legal “capacity” or “competence” as a rigid black line–either the person has it or doesn’t–in fact it can be quite variable depending on the person’s abilities and the […]

Why Plan Your Estate?

The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living beings. At the same time, no one likes to dwell on the prospect of his or her own death. But if you postpone planning for your demise until it is too late, you run the […]

Fear or no fear, it is going to happen anyway

  “Sabrina Winters made the trust planning process extremely easy. She is very responsive and is flexible about meeting times, venues, etc. She and her office are warm, yet professional. She exhibits a vast amount of knowledge about her field and we truly feel that she is acting as our advocate. We are very reassured […]

What are Estate Lawyer and Trust Attorney Fees?

Though there are many factors that you should consider when choosing an estate lawyer or trust attorney, the price for services is often a consideration. What should you expect in the way of fees? Though every attorney has different rates and a different fee schedule, here is a guide to what you can expect for […]

What Do Estate Planning Attorneys Do?

They say there are only two things in life that you can count on – death and taxes. An estate planning attorney helps you plan for the inevitability of death, as well as the possibility of mental or physical incapacity prior to death. The key word here is PLAN. Each individual comes to an estate […]

How to get Power of Attorney In North Carolina

You have heard the term “Power of Attorney” and have a general idea of what that encompasses. But now that you have decided to get your affairs in order, you need some specifics. What exactly does getting and giving power of attorney entail, and how do you get power of attorney in the state of […]


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