Estate Planning Information

Estate planning encompasses the growth, conservation, and transfer of an individual’s wealth through the creation and maintenance of an “estate plan.”  The purpose of estate planning is to develop a strategy that will maintain the financial security of individuals through their lifetime and facilitate the intended transfer of their property and assets at death, while taking into consideration the unique circumstances of the family and the potential costs of different methods.

All too often, we hear:

  • "I'm too young to do estate planning."
  • "All my property is titled in joint tenancy with my spouse so I don't need a will."
  • "Estate planning is only for the super-rich."
  • "Estate planning is too complicated and expensive."
  • "Doesn't the government provide for that?"
  • "We did our wills right after we got married 30 years ago and see no need for further planning."

If you seek advice and guidance with regard to your estate planning needs, please view our website and search for a the type of member that meets your needs.  As an alternative, you can search for an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) or Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) designation holder in your area on the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils website.

Featured Articles

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The Problem With Wills - The Atlantic

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State Tax Tips for Financial Advisors - US News Money

Though federal taxes take up all the air, the variety in state taxes offers opportunities for financial planning.

Revocable Trusts – Separating Fact from Fiction - National Law Review

Revocable trusts are a very common and effective estate planning tool – but can you separate trust fact from fiction? This snapshot will highlight ...

Divorce: The New Estate Planning Tool? | Fox Rothschild LLP - JDSupra

That may be a fair point but the real problem in modern estate planning is the unspoken expectations of senior couples about how estates should be ...