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How foreign laws impact estate planning

Individuals in Ohio and throughout the country may have some of their assets held outside of the United States. However, they should still be accounted for in a person's overall estate plan. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to consider how an asset can be included in a plan before buying it. If a person does have a home, olive grove or other assets outside of the United States, it is critical that it be revealed to an estate planner.

Estate planning can include life insurance

In 2019, even the youngest baby boomers in Ohio will reach the age of 55, leading many to consider how they can improve their planning for the future. They may want to make sure they can support themselves through retirement and plan to leave their assets behind to their loved ones. Life insurance might play an important role in an estate plan alongside traditional documents like wills and trusts. People can use life insurance to help them successfully transfer their wealth between generations.

Wills represent the starting point for most estate plans

People in Ohio who have prepared a will have taken an important step toward controlling what happens to their estate. For some people, wills that direct their possessions to loved ones could suffice for estate planning. Those hoping to accomplish an efficient transfer of assets, however, might want to expand their estate planning beyond simply executing a will.

What the Bush family can teach about estate planning

When a person experiences the loss of a spouse, he or she may feel like life is less worth living. Therefore, when an individual passes soon after his or her life partner, it is referred to as "broken-heart syndrome." This is what happened to former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away months after his wife did. There are estate planning lessons that Ohio residents and other can learn from this famous couple.

The duties of an estate executor

An Ohio resident who is creating an estate plan might wonder what kind of tasks the executor will have. Duties of an executor include locating assets, arranging to pay estate taxes and distributing property to beneficiaries. To make the job easier, an estate owner may want to work with the executor to ensure that all paperwork is in place.

How can your estate plan reduce conflict among your kids?

Estate planning is a process every Ohio adult should consider. You may have put it off for some time, but now that your children are grown and you are getting older, you think that the time has come to organize and legalize your end-of-life wishes. Getting started is often the most difficult part, so you should feel proud of yourself for choosing to move forward with planning.

The complex web that is Stan Lee's estate

Fans of many iconic fictional superheroes in Ohio and around the world are mourning the recent passing of writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee at the age of 95. When it comes to Lee's estate, there appears to be a tangled web of complexities that would even present some challenges for Spider-Man. While often a spouse would handle estate matters, Lee's wife passed in 2017. Also, the former Marvel chairman was accused of sexual harassment by nurses and home aides, and he made claims about money being missing from his bank accounts.

The benefits of a silent trust

Ohio residents with large estates may consider using silent trusts if they want to keep their amount of wealth private. A silent trust differs from a traditional trust because the trustee does not regularly keep beneficiaries informed of the assets until authorized by the document.

Why do you need a living will in your estate plan?

Estate planning is a smart step for everyone in Ohio, regardless of income level, health status or the size of an estate. However, many people make the mistake of assuming that all they need in their estate plan is a will. In reality, you can use many other tools to complete your estate plan and provide you with security and protection. 

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