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Wills And Estates

Whatever their dream, plan for your kids

This past weekend, my family and I went to South Bend for the Blackhawk's training camp. While looking over a menu in a restaurant there, I heard my son Colin say to my wife, "There are sparklies missing from my sash." Without thinking I said, "Well that sucks," followed up quickly with, "Wa…

September 26, 2014 2:36 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

How to remove a spouse's name after death

Q: My dad died several years ago. At the time, my mother didn't do anything to remove my father's name from anything. His name is still on the house, the car and several bank accounts. Mom is getting up there in age, and I think we should take care of this before she gets any older. What nee…

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Blow the dust off the estate plan

Happy 2012, everyone. I can't believe 2011 is already gone. I can't  say I'm going to miss it, but it sure didn't seem to last very long.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am

Understand what those words mean

In this column, I talk a lot about how an estate plan is more than just a will or trust. Sure, getting your stuff to your loved ones is a big part of any estate plan, but it's only one part of the plan. With that in mind, I write each week about powers of attorney and living wills. I've talk…

September 11, 2011 12:00 am

How to revoke a power of attorney

Q: What happens if you change your mind about someone you appointed in a Power of Attorney? Can you remove that person and appoint someone else? If so, what's the best way to do it?

July 10, 2011 12:00 am
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