Why a Will Is Not the Way to Avoid Probate, Protect Heirs, and Settle Estates (Second Edition)
Author: Ronald Farrington Sharp
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Readers say it best: "Very informative", "saved me a lot of money and headaches!", "recommend it for everyone who has to plan estates for their elderly parents" Living Trusts for Everyone is the best resource for setting up a living trust. Explaining in specific terms what benefits a trust will have, Ronald Farrington Sharp gives the tools necessary to set up a loved one’s trust with no lawyers and no expense. Wills benefit lawyers. Trusts benefit the clients. Too often lawyers sell wills to clients only to sit back and wait to sell their probate services to their clients’ heirs. Ronald Farrington Sharp describes the best way to handle modern estate planning and details the many advantages trusts have over wills in not only eliminating probate but in also protecting your assets for your heirs. Sharp explains why legal services are not needed to do the clerical work in settling a trust after death. This updated edition includes new information on an array of subjects, including: Elimination of the federal estate tax for most estates due to increased exemption amounts Online assets The use of passwords, usernames, and websites Keeping trustees honest and the process of removing trustees for malfeasance Forms for simplifying the planning process Strategies to lower attorneys’ fees>/li> With no legal jargon, just step-by-step instructions and sample form letters, Living Trusts for Everyone takes the mystery out of the process of setting up a trust.
Leases, Home Sales, Avoiding Probate, Living Wills, Trusts, Divorce, Copyrights, and Much More
Author: Carl Battle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Legal Forms for Everyone is the ultimate self-help legal guide that will save hours of research time and money in legal fees. Written by an experienced attorney, this book is complete with the most commonly needed, ready-to-use legal forms and precise instructions and checklists on how to use them, as well as advice about when you should hire an attorney. In addition, all the forms are online on a supplemental website to aid in customizing for individual needs. Readers will find forms and advice for a variety of legal situations, including preparing a will, avoiding probate, buying and selling real estate, handling divorce or separation, getting a new name, copyrights and trademarks, bankruptcy, and so much more. However, due to the ever-evolving legal system and the development of new technologies, Carl Battle has added to this new edition such changes as: How to protect against credit fraud, identity theft, and internet fraud How to navigate new electronic filing systems for copyrights, trademarks, and patents Updated information in filing fees, exemptions, and forms for filing for bankruptcy The latest information on filing for patents Legal Forms for Everyone is a comprehensive tool for getting in and out of legal situations without having to pay for that costly attorney.
My goal is to teach people how to avoid the pitfalls of probate by showing them how to draft their own Family Living Trust, and to teach the importance of a Living Will, a Special Power of Attorney, and a Pour-Over Will. The examples in the book are a compilation of stories and problems with probate, and do not relate to any one person or family.
Strokes afflict thousands of people every year. Yet, for every fatal case, many more victims survive, often going on to live long, productive lives. Of course, none of it is simple-not preventing a "brain attack," nor survival, rehabilitation, or living with cerebrovascular disease. The key is education, for both the moment of crisis and the long term. Navigating the Complexities of Stroke provides a practical guide for the lay public and medical professionals. Dr. Louis R. Caplan, one of the world's leading experts, guides readers through the subject in a straightforward and accessible manner. He examines the anatomy of the brain, explaining the specialized functions of different regions, and describes the flow of blood from the heart. He turns to the mechanics of the stroke itself, clearly discussing the complexities of the two major kinds-the ischemic and hemorrhagic-and the resulting damage. Most helpfully, Caplan offers information and advice that readers will find immediately useful: the medical conditions and other factors that create risk, stroke symptoms, abnormalities that doctors look for, tests available to evaluate strokes, complications and disabilities that can result, and the paths of treatment and rehabilitation. He offers real-life cases of victims and their families that demonstrate successful recovery, but also reveal the sometimes troubling impact of strokes on survivors and their families, who can suffer frustration and demoralization that the medical profession often overlooks in its biological focus. Caplan also examines strokes in children and young adults, who are often neglected in literature that is largely aimed at seniors. Navigating the Complexities of Stroke empowers victims, families, and general medical providers. It puts in readers' hands the knowledge necessary to avoid strokes, address them quickly, and effectively recover, so they won't lose heart when it is needed most.
Everything You Need to Know About Your Living Trust
Author: Jeffrey L. Condon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Praise for The Living Trust Advisor "The Living Trust Advisor is a necessary survival guide in the inheritance arena for every American in these turbulent economic times." --Congressman Thaddeus McCotter "Living trusts can be the most important part of an estate plan-saving time and money by reducing or eliminating estate taxes and by avoiding probate. For all those who have or are considering a living trust, The Living Trust Advisor is an invaluable source and an essential tool for any estate plan. Your beneficiaries will thank you." --Angelique M. Neal, former attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel, Los Angeles "In The Living Trust Advisor Jeffrey Condon not only shows how to make the baffling world of trusts work for the average person, but gives invaluable advice on navigating the complex web of family emotions that inevitably come to the surface in estate planning. His expert advice and guidance should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs more than just a basic will." --Brian J. O'Connor, Personal Finance Editor, The Detroit News "Jeffrey Condon bonds with the reader on a level that encourages our complete trust in his trust instructions. In this book, he wisely walks readers through all of the pitfalls, tax implications, changes that may occur, and subsequent legal implications. The Living Trust Advisor is a fine and entertaining read as well as an indispensable resource for everyone in need of advice and compassion in making a will or a trust." --Grady Harp, Reviewer for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Reuters, USA Today, and Blogging Authors, Author of War Songs, and contributor of essays to museum catalogues
This book provides a through discussion of how to prepare your own living trust, including forms and instructions. As many people know, it is highly desirable to avoid probate of your property, which is what a living trust accomplishes. The book gives you detailed, precise explanations of how to prepare a living trust using a form from the book and how to transfer property into the trust. Subjects covered include: what a living trust is and how it works probate and why you want to avoid it choosing your beneficiaries choosing the trustees and successor trustee of your trust leaving property to minor children a living trust as part of your estate plan
The Failproof Way to Pass Along Your Estate to Your Heirs Without Lawyers, Courts, Or the Probate System
Author: Henry W. Abts
Category: Estate planning
." . . is unquestionably the layman's most nearly complete source on living trusts. . . . Recommended reading for anyone who wants to maximize his net estate left to heirs, speed asset distribution after death, avoid will challenges, minimize estate costs, and maintain privacy." -- Robert Bruss, Esq., and Nationally Syndicated Real Estate Columnist "Chicago Tribune" ." . . presents in clear, concise, and readable language what every person needs to know. I heartily recommend it as required reading for every caring husband, wife, parent--all those with an estate to pass along to heirs." -- Byron Countryman, Esq. Countryman and McDaniel Attorneys at Law, Los Angeles Why "The Living Trust" Is So Important You may think your heirs have been well provided for, but did you know that: Your loved ones may have to wait more than two years before receiving a penny from your estate--even though you have left a legally valid will? Costs of probating your will may eat up more than 10 percent of your estate-money your heirs will never receive? The specific instructions of your bequest may be contested or changed completely--even though clearly spelled out in your will? Once a will is probated, it becomes a matter of public record--anyone can access the information just by going to the courthouse and asking for your tile? A will cannot help you in life? If you become incapacitated or your judgment comes into question, it becomes a matter for the courts to decide and is, again, a very public process. "A Living Trust" is a simple, inexpensive legal alternative that eliminates the costs and delays of probate and ensures that your loved ones will receive their inheritance promptly and exactly as youintended. It is also the "only" estate planning tool that allows you to plan for your own incapacity or for avoiding competency hearings. When "The Living Trust" was published in 1989, it quickly became the bible on how to avoid probate. This updated edition includes informat