July 10, 2020

The basic starting point of any estate plan is a Will. A Will allows one to express their wishes on how they would like their property to be distributed after their death, while also identifying the individual they would like to manage their estate until the final distribution. For the most part, there are very few limitations on what can be conveyed by a Will, as a correctly executed Will can convey real estate, money, art, v...

May 15, 2020

Everyone has an estate plan. Even if you have never been to visit an estate planning attorney, the assets that you own will - one way or another - find their way to someone else upon your death. There are, in general, three basic ways that assets pass after someone has died. Proper estate planning takes all of these into account to ensure your wishes are followed. 

An effective estate planning attorney can ensure your assets ar...

May 7, 2020

There are several local employers who are now offering ARAG legal insurance to their employees. If you have coverage, you likely had to sign up for the plan during open enrollment in November, with benefits starting in January 2020. As a plan member, you have coverage for a variety of legal matters. 

Attorneys Alyssa Jerde and Maggie Cook are now Network Attorneys with ARAG and are providing Estate Planning services through the...

May 5, 2020

Having an updated last will and testament is more important than ever, especially now. However, a will that is made online or at home, poorly created, or not frequently updated can be vulnerable to contestation.

February 14, 2020

There are many ways to express love for your special Valentine. While roses and chocolate are always a good standby, estate planning can also be from the heart. An "I Love You" will is a common type of will that is used by estate planning attorneys for married couples.

What is an "I Love You" will? 

"I Love You" wills are basically a set of wills in which each spouse leaves everything they own at their death to the surviving spo...

October 3, 2019

We’ve previously discussed how a Transfer-on-Death Deed ("TODD") can be a good tool for avoiding probate and simplifying the estate administration process in certain circumstances. We know that in order to be valid, a TODD must expressly state that the deed is only effective upon the death(s) of one or more grantor owners, transfer the real property interest to one or more grantee beneficiaries, and must comply with all provis...