Wills and Trusts Kit For Dummies

Author: Aaron Larson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470507713

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 7205

Navigate probate, tax issues, and state laws Create an estate plan and protect your family's interests Need a will, but have no idea where to start? This friendly guide shows youhow to prepare a legal will or trust — either on your own or with professional help — and ensure that your wishes are honored. You'll handle everything from planning your bequests and writing and signing a will to selecting a trust and drafting your durable power of attorney. Discover how to: Provide for your children Hire and work with professionals Minimize tax liabilities Amend or revoke a will or trust Avoid common estate planning mistakes Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Estate Planning For Dummies

Author: N. Brian Caverly,Jordan S. Simon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118053958

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 8148

If you’re like most people, you want to be sure that, once you’ve passed on, no more of your property and money will be lost to the government than is absolutely necessary. You want to know that you’ll be leaving your heirs your assets and not your debts. You want to be absolutely certain that your will is ship-shape, your insurance policies are structured properly, and that every conceivable hole in your estate plan has been filled. And most of all, you’d like to do all of this without driving yourself crazy trying to make sense of the complicated jargon, jumble of paperwork, and welter of state and federal laws involved in the estate planning process. Written by two estate planning pros, this simple, easy-to-use guide takes the pain out of planning for your ultimate financial future. In plain English, the authors walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to: Put your estate into order Minimize estate taxes Write a proper will Deal with probate Set up trusts Make sure your insurance policies are structured properly Plan for special situations, like becoming incompetent and pet care Craft a solid estate plan and keep it up-to-date Don’t leave the final disposition of your estate up to chance and the whims of bureaucrats. Estate Planning For Dummies gives you the complete lowdown on: Figuring out what you're really worth Mastering the basics of wills and probate Using will substitutes and dodging probate taxes Setting up protective trusts, charitable trusts, living trusts and more Making sense of state and federal inheritance taxes Avoiding the generation skipping transfer tax Minimizing all your estate-related taxes Estate planning for family businesses Creating a comprehensive estate plan Straightforward, reader-friendly, easy-to-use, Estate Planning For Dummies is the ultimate guide to planning your family’s future.

Wills, Probate, and Inheritance Tax For Dummies

Author: Julian Knight

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119996821

Category: Law

Page: 330

View: 3759

Planning how to pass your estate on doesn’t have to mean complications, legal jargon and huge bills. Wills, Probate and Inheritance Tax For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes you through the process step-by-step and gives you all the information you need to ensure that your affairs are left in good order. It shows you how to plan and write your will, minimise the stress of probate, and ensure that your nearest and dearest are protected from a large inheritance tax bill. Discover how to: Decide if a will is right for you Value your assets Leave your home through a will Appoint executors and trustees Choose beneficiaries Draw up a DIY will Work out how inheritance tax works and if you’re liable to it Find out what can and can’t be taxed

Estate and Trust Administration For Dummies

Author: Margaret Atkins Munro,Kathryn A. Murphy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118412265

Category: Law

Page: 408

View: 5930

Your plain-English guide to administering an estate and/or trust As more and more of the population reach senior ages—including baby boomers, many of whom do not have wills—an increasing number of people are being thrust into the role of executor, administrator, personal representative of an estate, or trustee of a trust after the death of a loved one. This updated edition of Estate & Trust Administration For Dummiesguides you through the confusing process of administering an estate and/or trust. Settling an estate and administering a trust can be complicated, messy, and time-consuming for individuals named as executor or trustee, most of whom have no previous experience with such matters. Estate & Trust Administration For Dummies shows you how to make sound decisions for your unique circumstances. Guides you through the confusing process of administering an estate and/or trust Provides expert advice on unfamiliar estate and trust tax law Gives you a practical checklist to follow for all of your estate and trust administration questions and concerns Whether you're looking for guidance on how to navigate the probate process and estate taxes, settle debts and bequests, fund a trust, comply with tax regulations, or anything in between, this hands-on, friendly guide takes away the mystery and provides detailed answers to all of your estate and trust administration questions.

Living Trusts for Everyone

Why a Will Is Not the Way to Avoid Probate, Protect Heirs, and Settle Estates (Second Edition)

Author: Ronald Farrington Sharp

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621535703

Category: Law

Page: 192

View: 6283

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.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wills and Estates

Author: Stephen M. Maple

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592578603

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 345

View: 3103

An updated guide to wills and estate planning discusses such topics as probate, trust funds, life insurance, the latest tax regulations, providing for minors, donations, retirement, living wills, executors, and more, and is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing simple forms for drawing up a will and more. Original.

The Complete Book of Wills, Estates & Trusts

Author: Alexander A. Bove, Jr., Esq.

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466829001

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 6099

The best legal guide to wills and estates—with more than 80,000 copies sold—now updated to cover the current asset protection options and estate laws Whether grappling with modest or extensive assets, The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts has long been the indispensable guide for protecting an estate for loved ones. In this completely revised third edition, updated to cover the latest changes in estate law, attorney Alexander A. Bove, Jr., clearly explains • how to use a will to avoid probate and legal complications • how trusts work and how to use trusts to save taxes • how to contest a will and how to avoid a contest • how to settle an estate or make a claim against one • how to establish a durable power of attorney • how to protect assets from creditors In his straightforward and humorous style, Bove shares easy-to-understand legal definitions, savvy advice on taxes, and pragmatic and simple sample forms, all illustrated with entertaining examples and actual cases. The Complete Book of Wills, Estates, and Trusts is the best guide available for defending your financial legacy

Wills and Estate Planning For Canadians For Dummies

Author: Margaret Kerr,JoAnn Kurtz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470677546

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 2111

Wills & Estate Planning For Canadians For Dummies walks you through the steps of planning your estate. This friendly guide will help you Reduce the tax you or your estate will pay Plan for your children's future Leave a charitable legacy Decipher the legal lingo in wills Prepare a living will to ensure you get the treatment you want Hire an estate planning team that will meet your needs Through practical advice from expert authors, this book helps you ensure that your affairs are in order, and your loved ones will be looked after.

Managing Debt For Dummies

Author: John Ventura,Mary Reed

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118068157

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

View: 6834

If you’re trying to kick the “Buy Now/Pay Later” habit and get your spiraling debt under control, you need Managing Debt For Dummies now! This practical, commonsense guide provides straightforward strategies for coping with every kind of secured and unsecured debt, including, personal loans, car loans, mortgages, home equity loans, lines of credit, credit cards, finance company loans, and student loans. You’ll find out how easy it is to: Distinguish between good and bad debt Go on a “debt diet” to get back into financial shape Start a filing system to track debt and protect life after debt Adopt a smart spending regimen Increase your income Consolidate your debt Decide which bills to pay when you can’t pay them all Use credit cards responsibly You can still live well while slashing spending on groceries, clothing, and entertainment. Find out how in Managing Debt for Dummies.

Home Buying Kit For Dummies

Author: Eric Tyson,Ray Brown

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119191718

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 1095

America's #1 bestselling home buying guide Are you looking to buy a house, but don't quite know where to begin? Have no fear! This new edition of Home Buying Kit For Dummies arms you with Eric Tyson and Ray Brown's time-tested advice and strategies for buying a home in current market conditions. Packed with valuable tips for getting the best deal on your new home and navigating an ever-changing housing market, it shows you how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications. Thanks to looser lending standards, lower down payment mortgages, and a wider selection of homes to choose from, first-time homebuyers are making a comeback in the housing market. But if you don't know a Colonial from a counter offer, the process of buying a home can be daunting. Luckily, this bestselling guide is here to take the confusion out of the process! In plain English, it provides step-by-step guidance for buying the home of your dreams, from inspecting a property to evaluating a location to making sense of loan applications, tax documents, and counter offer forms. Negotiate your best deal and obtain a lower down payment mortgage Improve your credit score Make sense of changing lending standards Take the confusion out of lending laws, mortgage rates, and marketplace conditions Whether you're a renter, investor, or current homeowner, everything you need to plant roots in a new home sweet home is just a page away.

How to Probate an Estate in California

Author: Julia Nissley,Lisa Fialco

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413324894

Category: Law

Page: 464

View: 1033

Handle probate yourself - and save time and money When you've lost a loved one, the inevitable legal matters can seem difficult and confusing. But in most cases, probate involves little more than routine paperwork to transfer assets to family members and other beneficiaries. How to Probate an Estate in California explains, step-by-step, how to wrap up a basic estate. Whether you do it yourself or work with a lawyer, you'll save money and time. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll learn how to: read and understand a will or trust determine who inherits if there is no will pay bills and taxes complete and file all necessary court paperwork collect life insurance and other death benefits transfer real estate, securities, vehicles, and other assets to heirs and beneficiaries transfer some assets without probate Even if you hire a lawyer to do some of the paperwork, this book demystifies the process so that you can make informed decisions and communicate intelligently with the attorney about the estate--and save cash in the process. Why pay a lawyer over $15,000 to probate a $500,000 estate, when you can do much of it on your own? Every page of this new edition has been reviewed and revised by a practicing probate lawyer. It provides fresh and accurate information about probating an estate in California.

The Easy Will and Living Will Kit

Author: Joy S Chambers

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1572484810

Category: Law

Page: 224

View: 3064

Simple forms that protect and save money for you and your family. Admit it. You have been thinking about getting together all the documents you need to protect yourself and your family should something unexpected happen. But the thought of the time it would take and the amount of work involved has just seemed like too much. Not anymore. The Easy Will and Living Will Kit provides all the documents you need in one place. In just minutes, you can follow the simple steps it takes to prepare your will, living will and powers of attorney. Begin by choosing the will form that is right for you. Every form is ready-to-use and modifiable for your needs. Putting your affairs in order has never been easier.

Divorce For Dummies

Author: Elizabeth Walsh,Thelma Fisher,Hilary Woodward,John Ventura,Mary Reed

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119997151

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 432

View: 3682

There's no such thing as an easy divorce. On top of the emotional turmoil, there are also numerous other concerns – from organising finances and splitting property, to breaking the news to children, and picking the best lawyer. This comprehensive guide shows that, with a clear-head and straight-talking advice, divorce can be swifter and easier than expected, letting you make a clean break and move on with confidence. Divorce For Dummies includes the most up-to-date information on: What to Do First When Things Start to Go Wrong Separation: A Healthy Breather or a Prelude to Divorce? Helping Your Children Get Through Your Divorce Pre-marital Agreements Same-sex and DIY divorces About the author Elizabeth Walsh is a legal expert and the Editor of Family Law, recently voted ‘Legal Journal of the Year’. Thelma Fisher is a former chair of the UK College of Family Mediators and has been involved in mediation for over twenty years.

Suze Orman's Will and Trust Kit

The Ultimate Protection Portfolio

Author: Suze Orman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781401918996

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 4780

BACKYARD BIRDS IS AN EXCITING SERIES of books that explores the top twenty-five backyard birds most commonly found in each state. It includes a profiled size scale that allows the reader to quickly identify the correct bird, and each bird entry is accompanied by a stunning color photograph and specific description, including identification marks, behavior, habitat, and nesting style-even the song the bird makes! As an added feature, author Bill Fenimore also providesexpert tips for building the ultimate backyard bird sanctuary, from creating birdbaths and planting proper foliage to offering a bird's favorite foods. Fenimore was awarded the Ludlow Griscom Award, the American Birding Association's highest honor. Bird-watching is one of the most popular activities in the United States, with approximately fifty-one million bird-watchers nationwide. Bird-watching is a $6 million business. More than $400 million is spent each year on bird-related magazines and books. The series will soon include all fifty states. Author is a franchisee of Wild Bird Center, which has more than eighty locations in twenty-nine states.

Quick & Legal Will Book

Author: Denis Clifford

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413324037

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 8504

In all 50 states, if you die without an estate plan, state law determines what happens to your property. To take control of what happens to your property when you die, you can use this book to create a will that distributes your property, names your executor, and sets up guardianships for your children and their property.

Make Your Own Living Trust

Author: Denis Clifford

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413323405

Category: Law

Page: 360

View: 1238

Living trusts simplified! Protect your family and avoid probate with this bestselling guide Death may be inevitable, but probate doesn't have to be. By creating a living trust, your property will bypass lengthy and expensive probate proceedings and go directly to the people you've designated, quickly and easily. Make Your Own Living Trust explains what living trusts are, how they work, why you may want one. You'll learn how to: create an individual or shared living trust transfer assets to your trust, including real estate, stocks and bonds, jewelry, art, or a small business name beneficiaries for all trust property sign your document and make it legal appoint someone to manage property left to minors or young adults provide for trust property management if you become incapacitated retain absolute control over trust property while you live register, amend, or revoke a trust, and make a basic will. Make Your Own Living Trust includes all the forms you need to create your own trust, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out. Completely updated and revised, this edition includes the latest tax and legal information, including updated information about the federal estate tax. Good in all states except Louisiana.

Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies

Author: Carrie Stone,John G. Culhane

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118435265

Category: Law

Page: 384

View: 2236

Grasp the latest legal information for gay and lesbian couples Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is a practical, plain-English guide to the legal information and guidance lesbian and gay couples need—from making practical decisions about living together and obtaining domestic partner benefits, to making medical decisions, taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated, leaving property to each other, having and raising children, and much more. Discusses power of attorney, health directives, and real estate and personal property ownership Covers considerations for bank accounts, investments, and estate planning The book's accompanying CD-ROM includes dozens of helpful tools, forms, and letters Brings you up to speed on the latest in civil unions, workplace rights, rental agreements and leases, and much more The information contained in Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is invaluable for anyone in a same-sex relationship who needs to grasp the laws and regulations that apply to their unique situation CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

The Trustee's Legal Companion

A Step-by-Step Guide to Administering a Living Trust

Author: Liza Hanks,Carol Elias Zolla

Publisher: Nolo

ISBN: 1413323650

Category: Law

Page: 416

View: 2368

Millions of Americans have created living trusts over the past couple of decades, giving little or no thought to what the successor trustee will have to do when the time comes. This book shows every trustee how to handle paperwork, keep beneficiaries informed, and get help from experts if necessary.

The Complete Book of Trusts

Author: Martin M. Shenkman

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

View: 5565

A new, updated edition of the ultimate guide to trusts Trusts are powerful and flexible financial planning tools, and this new edition of The Complete Book of Trusts covers everything you need to know to protect your hard-earned assets from taxes, creditors, and more. This updated Third Edition provides all the latest information on trusts, addressing recent changes due to economic growth and the Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 in such areas as transferring assets, distribution of income, gift and estate tax rules, and many others. Along with in-depth examinations of sixty different types of trusts, this book also shows you how to: * Set up a trust to manage assets in the event of disability or death * Avoid probate * Minimize or eliminate estate and other transfer taxes * Financially protect loved ones * And more The Complete Book of Trusts, Third Edition is an invaluable resource for anyone with significant assets to protect.

Simplified Family Legal Forms Kit

The Ultimate Guide to Family Legal Forms

Author: Dan Sitarz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781892949578

Category: Law

Page: 160

View: 6632

Presents a home legal reference that contains all of the necessary forms for most common family legal needs.