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Your All-Inclusive Estate Planning Guide

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

It's true what they say: you can't take it with you. So, what happens to all of your personal possessions and properties when you pass? It's important to take time while you are still alive to start estate planning. What Is An Estate? An estate is the culmination of all possessions owned by someo...

The 5 Main Types of Trusts

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

We want to know we did everything to help take care of our loved ones when we pass. Taking the time to build a thorough and thoughtful trust can help secure your legacy and provide for your family after you are gone. This blog will break down the five most popular kinds of trusts. Revocable Livi...

Benefits of a Revocable Living Trust

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

While a will is a very popular method of passing an estate to one's beneficiaries, a revocable living trust is arguably a better option. Our California estate planning team tells you everything you need to know about this useful tool below. What is a Revocable Living Trust? A revocable trust is e...

Trusts vs. Wills: What May Be Best For You

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jul 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Trusts and wills are both estate planning tools that essentially allow someone to designate what happens to their property when they pass away. While they might seem similar at first glance, they are implemented quite differently. Our Lancaster estate planning team tells you everything you need t...

What Makes Power of Attorney so Useful

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jun 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to manage your property, financial, or medical affairs if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. However, there are several types of power of attorney that work to achieve separate goals. Below,...

The Probate Process and How You Can Avoid It

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Apr 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, when people think about estate planning, they often think first or only of a Will. Even in mainstream media, they most often talk about a Will, that so and so is being “cut out of the Will”, or some well-known celebrity's Will is being contested or fought over by a spouse or distan...

What Efficient Trust Administration Looks Like

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Feb 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Being designated to manage or administer the assets of a trust or succeeding a trust can be a heavy burden to bear. Below, we offer guidance as to what responsibilities a trust administrator holds, as well as ways to better perform these duties. What is Trust Administration? Trust administration ...

Your All-Inclusive Estate Planning Guide 2021

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Planning your estate is one of the biggest steps you can take to safeguard the future of your loved ones. Even though a last will and testament can succeed in transferring assets to heirs and beneficiaries, they are not able to avoid issues found in probate, estate taxes, or protect your interest...

Having the Difficult, But Necessary Conversations

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Oct 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the coming of the Fall season, we are also about to head into a time of year filled with a number of holidays where we might be around and with family. This is always time of year that I advise my clients to consider having some often difficult, but necessary, conversations with their loved ...

Guess What Might Be Back?!

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Sep 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

The government may be trying to get their hands into your and your loved ones' pockets again – – and in a VERY BIG way! I am not going to predict which political party will win the November election and control the Presidency, Senate, and House. But I do need to let you know what may happen ...

Why I Love LegalZoom

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Apr 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are numerous reasons I love LegalZoom. Here are a few: First, my ideal estate planning clients do not use LegalZoom for their estate planning. The people who use LegalZoom would never go to a lawyer who is not dirt cheap. Unfortunately, experienced estate planners are not dirt cheap. Theref...

Top Scams Against the Elderly

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Jan 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Please take a moment and check out the short article in the link below. Awareness is the first step in stopping crimes against our elderly citizens. Crimes against the elderly are epidemic in our society. www.caring.com/blogs/fyi-daily/top-scams-against-older-adults Caring.com is a great resourc...

Avoiding Probate with a Small Estate Affidavit

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Dec 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legal planning and estate strategies seem a smart move for those with large estates that take much planning, but what about the family who doesn't have much of an estate to transfer? What about those with minimal estates? How can they avoid probate? Thankfully, probate can be avoided no matter th...

How Living Trusts Avoid Probate

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Oct 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The point of creating a will and planning an estate is to organize your affairs before death so that all monies and properties are transferred efficiently and quickly to the desired recipients. The more prepared you are, the easier the process will be after you are gone. Having your estate enter ...

Why Avoid Probate?

Posted by Thompson Von Tungeln | Oct 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Most people realize that probate is not a favorable process to encounter after the death of a loved one. But why should you avoid probate? What exactly is it about probate that makes it so undesirable? Consider the main drive of avoiding probate—probate fees and the 18 months or so it take to go ...

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