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ESTATE PLANNING: Catching up on readers' questions

Q: What happens if the person named executor dies?

September 13, 2014 4:23 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Prius or a Hummer?

Q: Some of my friends have trusts but my attorney hasn't suggested one for me. Which is better, a trust or a will?

September 06, 2014 4:01 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Home valuation after death

Q: I had my parent's home appraised for the court. I was given an appraised value, but my real estate agent told me there was no way that I could get that for the home. Which value should I use for the estate? Does it really make a difference…

August 30, 2014 12:07 pm


Q: Last week you wrote about the different ways to own rental property. It sounds like you prefer to use an LLC rather than a trust. Isn't there a way to limit liability and avoid probate? What if you own multiple rental properties?

August 23, 2014 5:24 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Catching up on readers' questions

Q: You keep talking about probate and wills. Doesn't a will avoid probate?

August 16, 2014 3:20 pm

I have a will -- now what?

Q: I have completed my estate plan. I have a will and a power of attorney. What else should I do to make it as easy as possible on my kids? Should I give each of them a copy of the documents?

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

ESTATE PLANNING: Who's got the will?

Q: My mother's estate has been opened. However, we believe there is a newer will. We haven't found it yet, but we have found a letter where she mentions a newer one. How do I find out if she recorded the will? Will it list her assets in it?

August 02, 2014 7:30 pm


This weekend we are holding my dad's memorial service.

July 26, 2014 3:35 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Medical power of attorney for your children

Q: My brother and sister-in-law are going to watch our kids while we take a trip. Our estate plan is in place, but now I'm worried what will happen if one of the kids gets hurt while we are away. How do we authorize my brother to consent to m…

July 19, 2014 11:12 am

ESTATE PLANNING: Catching up on readers' questions

Q: Is there a way to give a power of attorney to my children without giving up the authority to do things for myself? I don't mind them helping out, but I still want to do things for myself as long as I can.

July 12, 2014 4:27 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Start planning now for children

Q: If something happens to my husband and me, how do they decide who will take care of our kids? Will they be the same people to take care of their inheritance?

July 05, 2014 5:35 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Who needs a trust?

Q: When does a person need a living trust?

June 28, 2014 4:36 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Be organized and share the information

A friend of my mine is in the process of building a new home. While we were discussing the construction, he asked me what our monthly NIPSCO bill was. I'm not sure if my stunned silence or the deer in the headlights look answered his question…

June 14, 2014 2:55 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Helping out with a loved one's education

Q: I don't have any children but I have some wonderful grandnieces and grandnephews. I send a check to the ones in college each semester to help out with expenses. However, some of them are much too young and I worry that I won't be available…

June 07, 2014 10:02 am

ESTATE PLANNING: Catching up on readers' questions

Q: We just moved back to Indiana. Our wills were drawn up in Minnesota. Are our wills valid or should we have new ones drawn up?

May 31, 2014 11:22 am

ESTATE PLANNING: Saying goodbye to my dad

My father passed away this past week. He celebrated his 84t birthday on Monday and passed away Friday.

May 24, 2014 10:50 am

ESTATE PLANNING: 'Here's your next column'

"Here's your next column". That was the subject line on an email that my wife recently sent to me. Since I'm always looking for a topic for my column I excitedly opened the email.

May 17, 2014 3:14 pm

ESTATE PLANNING: Changing the power of attorney

Q: I executed a power of attorney a few years ago. I want to change the person that I named to someone else. How do I change the person? Do I need to revoke the old power of attorney and then write a new one?

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

ESTATE PLANNING: Catching up on readers' questions

Q: If I leave something to someone in my will, what happens if I give it away during my lifetime? Should I write a new will?

April 26, 2014 9:56 am

ESTATE PLANNING: National Healthcare Decisions Day

So I'm driving into the office this morning listening to National Public Radio.

April 19, 2014 4:13 pm
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