Is Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date?:An Estate Planning Checklist

If you’ve already met with your Maryland estate planning attorney to put together your wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other long-term plans, then congratulations!  You’ve taken a really important step toward being prepared for the future and making things easier on your family and friends should you pass away or become unable to make … Read more

Advice on Using a Safe Deposit Box

Once you’ve gone through your estate planning, you’ve likely become aware of just what valuables you have.  In many cases, such as jewelry, you may want to keep them in your home so you can have access to them whenever you would like.  In other cases, though, it makes sense to secure them in a … Read more

Sharing Financial and Legal Information with Your Family

Every family has its own approach when it comes to talking about financial and legal information.  Will and trust lawyers see everything from very open and transparent situations to those where discussions of money are considered taboo.  In reality, families which are at the estate planning phase should be having at least some superficial conversations … Read more

Using a Pet Trust as Part of Your Estate Planning

No matter how much you love your pets and feel they are “part of the family,” they are generally seen as property by Maryland courts and are therefore treated accordingly.  This can cause some concern for pet owners who want to ensure their pets are well-cared-for and able to transition as smoothly as possible after … Read more

How to Start Conversations with Your Aging Parents

There are several aspects of estate planning in Maryland that are less than fun, and that means that a lot of people choose to put the process off indefinitely.  There’s the need to gather a lot of documentation together, pay for an estate planning attorney, and not insignificantly, to contemplate one’s own death.  Adult children … Read more

How To Tell If Your Loved One’s Finances Are Out of Control

Elder law attorneys in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, focus on bridging the generations, and because of that, we understand many of the nuances that create a disconnect between adult children and their aging parents.  One major issue can be that of finances.  In the older generation, it is still considered fairly taboo to discuss … Read more

When Mental Decline Derails Your Estate Plan

Wills and trust attorneys in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, can tell you that there is little as frustrating (and potentially devastating!) as someone who waits until it’s “too late” to start the estate planning process.  Mental decline is a common part of aging, and it is an unfortunate fact that when this decline starts … Read more

Working With An Wills and Estates Lawyer To Leave Behind an Intangible Legacy

When it comes to leaving an inheritance for our children, many parents automatically think of leaving cash, properties and life insurance proceeds behind.  But for kids who find themselves devastated after the loss of a parent, it’s often intangible assets that carry the most value and provide deep comfort during such a difficult time. These … Read more

Do You Need A Trust Attorney With All The Online Options Available?

Trust lawyers are well aware of the variety of online estate planning tools available to those in Bethesda and Largo and beyond. The variety of products available can create a false sense of security, however, when an individual believes he or she has made adequate plans for the estate. Recent Consumer Reports findings determined that … Read more

Maryland Estate Planning for Couples Marrying Later in Life

Couples who choose to marry later in life have different concerns from those marrying earlier, and a good Bethesda estate planning lawyer can help you make the right decisions for your circumstances.  Each situation is a little different, but there are some fairly common topics that should be considered:

  1. Do the husband and wife have grown children?  If so, then the estate plans will likely need to include specific instructions regarding how inheritance will work.  This is fairly important to ensure that each biological and step child receives what the parent wishes, rather than allowing Maryland laws to supersede your desires.

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