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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 is about leaving a legacy

Estate planning is about leaving a legacy

MUNSTER | Wills and estate planning are critical, but often overlooked, according to an attorney who spoke about planning ahead at a recent seminar hosted by The Salvation Army of Lake County.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

The Salvation Army offers free seminar for will and estate planning

MUNSTER | The Salvation Army of Lake County will host a Will and Estate Planning Seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Salvation Army, 8225 Columbia Ave. Learn how to provide and protect those you care about most at this free seminar. Gary Bonk, local estate planning attorney and Salvation Arm…

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Understand the plan

I received a voice mail from a former client. The message indicated he needed to do some estate planning. He wasn't sure if he needed a living will or just a will, but he definitely needed something.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

You still need a will even if you have a trust

Q: Why does a person need a will if he has created a trust?

December 30, 2012 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

Who pays the tax?

As you all probably know by now, Indiana has an inheritance tax. The Indiana inheritance tax includes almost everything that transfers as the result of the death of an Indiana resident. Things that aren't taxed include real estate owned by an Indiana resident but located in another state and…

October 02, 2011 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

Clinic on wills planned

PORTAGE | A will's clinic, sponsored by Rhame and Elwood, will be held two times on Nov. 15 at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road.

October 28, 2010 12:00 am

Don't let terms of art confuse you -- ask questions

One of my favorite movies was on television the other night: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." If you've never seen it, trust me, it's funny.

September 12, 2010 12:00 am

What to look for in choosing an attorney

Q: I am currently 62 and want to do some estate planning. How do I find an attorney? Does the bar association have a referral service? Should I look in phone book?

August 08, 2010 12:00 am
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