Category: Estate Planning

Blended families

Blended Family Feud

Late-in-life second marriages are becoming commonplace in American society, and with it, anxiety has been rising among stepchildren. Estate planning lawyers have had to pay greater attention to the particular concerns and needs of blended families because also becoming more common is the courtroom brawls between stepparents and stepchildren and stepsiblings. The first concern I more »

Estate Planning

e-Estate Planning Could Cost You

At the end of May, parties claiming deceptive business practices by LegalZoom filed a class action lawsuit in California against the online legal document preparation service. They argue that LegalZoom’s advertisements give consumers “a false sense of security that people do not need hire a traditional attorney.” In July 2007, Anthony Ferrentino asked his niece, more »

100 Best Retirement and Finance Guides for Seniors

The Internet is full of guides for those setting up retirement plans and savings accounts, but what about those who are already starting to tap into their 401(k) or Social Security? For tips on understanding your savings budget to figuring out home and senior living costs to finding the best deals on health insurance, a more »

Estate assets

Understanding Estate Value

After a New York decedent passes away, the executor or personal representative of the estate must determine the value of the estate in order to pay creditor’s claims, distribute assets to the decedent’s heirs and pay any estate taxes. To accomplish this task, the personal representative must locate the decedent’s assets. Assets may be contained more »