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May 2014 Archives

Celebrity legal battles highlight unusual child custody issues

Making decisions about child custody can be hard in any divorce situation, but imagine if you were involved in two difficult child custody cases at the same time. This is exactly what Sherri Shepherd, television personality and comedic actress, is currently facing, all under the scrutiny of the public eye.

Interesting provision for living property in woman's will

Leaving provisions in estate planning documents for pets is becoming more commonplace. One woman has taken this concept to a new level with one of the provisions in her will. New Jersey residents might be interested to learn about the $5,000 provision in the 63-year-old woman's will.

Use estate planning to avoid situations like the Casey Kasem saga

Recent events surrounding the ongoing Casey Kasem saga harshly illuminates the possible drama that can occur when a family member ages or becomes infirm. Sources say Jean, Kasem's wife of nearly 30 years, has moved her husband to an undisclosed location even though Kasem's daughter holds a power of attorney designating her as his decision-maker. Kasem is 82-years-old and suffers from Lewy body disease, a common form of dementia in the elderly.

Estate planning and asset distribution outside of family members

Preparing an estate plan can be either simple or complex depending on a person's assets and beneficiary list, but what about people who have no children or other close relatives to inherit their worldly goods? For this group of people, it often takes more thought than normal to decide who gets what in their wills. According to Bob Carter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, estate planning beyond family member beneficiaries is relatively new and signifies a generational shift.

Health care power of attorney vs. living will: a personal choice

No matter your medical status or age, it's crucial to draft some form of legal document detailing your medical care wishes. Even if you are healthy, you need a legal document in place in the event you fall victim to a critical injury or accident. If you are unable to communicate, this advance care planning documentation ensures your health care matches your wishes.

Revocable living trusts can make estate administration easier

Anyone who has ever had to deal with probate administration following the death of a loved one understands how complex the process can be. Add to this uncomfortable situation the grief one feels after a family member dies and you get a scenario that no one wants to face.