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Important Estate Plan Issues to Address Before You Leave on Vacation

Getting ready to embark on your next great adventure and vacation? Before you zip up the last suitcase, here are five issues involving your estate plan that you need to address to protect yourself and your loved ones. 1. Do you have a foundational es… Read More
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Three Celebrities' Probate Disasters and Tragic Lessons

One would assume that celebrities with extreme wealth would take steps to protect their estates. But think again: some of the world’s richest and most famous people enter the pearly gates with no estate plan, while others have made estate planning… Read More
Categories: Estate Planning, Wills
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Why a Trust Can Be the Best Option to Avoid Probate

Ideally, when someone passes away, the paperwork and material concerns associated with the deceased’s passing are so seamlessly handled (thanks to excellent preparation) that they fade into the background, allowing the family and other loved ones t… Read More
Categories: Probate, Trusts
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Estate Planning Awareness Week: Is Your Plan Up-to-Date?

If you follow McCreary Law Office on social media, you probably know how much we love to point out those special days created to recognize everything from baby safety to pizza and so many things on between. But this particular awareness week this wee… Read More
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Three Reasons to Avoid Probate

When you pass away, your family may need to sign certain documents as part of a probate process in order to claim their inheritance. This can happen if you own property (like a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset) in your nam… Read More
Categories: Probate
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Questions To Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney

Creating an estate plan is a personal and often emotional undertaking, making the selection of your estate planning attorney of the utmost importance. Here are some questions you should ask your estate planning attorney to determine if they are the r… Read More
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Single and No Kids? Three Reasons Even You Need an Estate Plan

While most adults don’t take estate planning as seriously as they should, if you are single with no children, you might think that there’s really no need for you to worry about creating an estate plan. But this is a huge mistake. In fact, it can… Read More
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Three Things You Need to Know about Cryptocurrency and Your Estate Plan

Cryptocurrency’s popularity has rapidly increased in recent years, with more people buying and selling it. Here are three things you need to know about cryptocurrency in relation to your estate plan. Beware of the Tax Consequences Transferring your… Read More
Categories: Estate Planning
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Important Questions to Ask When Investing in a Vacation Property

According to the National Association of Home Builders, in 2018 there were approximately 7.5 million second homes, making up 5.5 percent of the total number of homes.[1] These vacation property homes are not only real estate that must be planned for,… Read More
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Four Essential Strategies for Asset Protection

You might think that only the super wealthy need to worry about asset protection planning. But the truth is that if you don’t have millions, you may be at even greater risk. For instance, if you are a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against y… Read More
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