Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Do Newlyweds Need Estate Planning? Yes!

For those who are newly married, one topic that is often ignored is estate planning and wills and trusts. Should newlyweds even consider estate planning? The answer is a resounding yes!

In this article, the author discusses the five most important reasons that ALL newlyweds must consider and do an estate plan.

Article on Estate Planning for Newlyweds

Newlyweds, especially with blended families have unique estate planning requirements and needs. For wills and trusts lawyers, these situations must involve sensitivity to the newness of the marriage and also what may appear to be competing family concerns.

Think about this: if you were injured or got sick, wouldn't you want your new spouse in the hospital room with you? Without appropriate HIPAA documents and releases, they could be prevented from even visiting you. Please pay attention to these five reasons and share them with everyone you know.

What are your thoughts? Please share this this article freely and help those who are newlyweds to protect themselves and their families.

Thank you.
Bernie Greenberg

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

5 Epic Hollywood Estate Planning Failures

For some reason we all seem to enjoy the never ending train wreck that is Hollywood. The fails for the stars are chronicled daily on TMZ.

Well Hollywood also fails spectacularly at estate planning. In the article below some of the most epic Hollywood estate planning disasters are revealed.

Article on Hollywood EP Failures

What are your thoughts as you read about the estate planning mistakes of Hollywood? Do these provide clues to you about what not to do in your will or trust?

There is real value to your family in doing things the right way with a qualified wills and trusts attorney. Please review the past articles here about how to select a qualified estate planning specialist.

Please join our conversation and let us know your thoughts about these stories. Thank you.

Bernie Greenberg

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why Estate Planning for Blended Families is Critical

Estate Planning for Blended Families: Why wills and trusts are so important!

Society today looks different from our parent's day or even just several years ago. Society is mobile, fluid and changing faster than some might like. Today, being a wills and trust attorney is more interesting than ever before.

In my parents' generation, the phrase "blended family" didn't exist. While there were blended families, they were far fewer than today. Add same sex marriages to the mix and it's a whole new world of estate planning.

Learning how to address issues of blended or any non-traditional family is a vital element in many estate plans, wills and trusts. In the article below, you will find an excellent discussion of these issues and there is no reason to repeat them here.

Article on planning for blended families

Let me know your thoughts after reviewing this and the mentioned article. Are you part of a blended or non-traditional family? How do you feel about these issues? Please join our conversation and send me an email with your thoughts.

Thank you.

Bernie Greenberg