Downs Law Firm, P.C.

Estate Planning Lawyer

need a will

At What Age Do I Need a Will?

It’s never too early to start estate planning. If you already have a family, getting your personal affairs in order is a must. The sooner you start planning, the more prepared you will be for life’s unexpected twists and turns.

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fixing estate planning mistakes

Fixing an Estate Plan Mistake

Sometimes, despite best intentions and best efforts, an estate plan leaves unintended problems for heirs, trustees, and others to solve. For example, a trust may have become outdated because of changes in tax laws, the birth or death of family members, or special circumstances, like an heir’s disability.

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handling inherited investments

Handling Inherited Investments?

Receiving an inheritance can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s overwhelming, thanks to the intense emotions associated with losing a loved one combined with the confusion about what to do with the newly acquired assets. On the other, an inheritance can re-invigorate your finances and create new opportunities for you and your family.

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Estate Planning Lawyer

What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Really Do?

Estate planning is a systematic process, which involves getting your personal and financial goals for the time you pass away or become mentally incapacitated. It is also known as a last will, and almost everyone does this planning for their family.

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inheritance and divorce

An Inheritance and Divorce?

An issue that frequently arises is the treatment of an inheritance received by a spouse during the marriage. The basic rule is that any property received via gift or inheritance during the marriage is exempt from equitable distribution.

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Special Needs Trust

New Parent Estate Planning

There’s a lot of prep work to complete when you’re expecting a new baby. Expectant parents have a nursery to paint, strollers to buy, doctor’s appointments to attend, and nannies to hire.

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