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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
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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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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
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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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When Rock Legends Pass Away: The Possible Fates of Meat Loaf’s $40 Million Estate

Meat Loaf, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, passed away earlier this year at the age of seventy-four. The singer behind 1977’s Bat Out of Hell—one of the best-selling albums of all time—experienced ups and downs befitting his larger-than-l… Read More
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It's Not Set-It-and-Forget-It: When to Update an Estate Plan

As we all know, life happens. There is really nothing we can do about it. However, some of the most common life events can have a dramatic effect on your estate plan meaning you will occasionally need to update your estate plan. Because if you think… Read More
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Mental Health Considerations in Estate Planning

It is okay to not be okay. Removing the stigma of mental health starts with realizing that many people—about one in five of all US adults–are affected by mental illness. Understanding this fact can lead to more people getting the help they re… Read More
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