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Category Archives: Estate Planning

How Can I Create Estate Planning Documents During the Pandemic?

Even in its first few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to examine or reassess what is most important to them. The need to prepare in case of an emergency or untimely death has been highlighted by the tragic losses occurring around the country. What can you do if you can’t meet with your… Read More »

Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits When Job Loss Is Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the federal government and signed into law on March 30, authorizes expanded unemployment benefits for Americans. Due to the major economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several distinctions from the traditional programs that states use to support employees who have been… Read More »

Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be… Read More »

Planning For Future Generations

Estate planning is not something reserved for the very wealthy. A solid estate plan is a good idea for people of all economic stations. Creating a plan that provides for the disposition of your property as you intend provides peace of mind that your final wishes will be fulfilled. Solid estate planning can help with… Read More »

What Is A Trust?

Trusts can be created for a variety of reasons. Some people create trusts to avoid the necessity of a probate. Trusts can also be created to preserve assets for future generations. A trust can be a useful tax planning tool and can also provide direction for final medical care. A trustee is named in the… Read More »

How Do I Handle The Estate Of My Deceased Loved One?

The death of a loved one can be a trying time. The emotions involved in the loss can be compounded by the myriad of issues needing attention. Disposition of property, filing of estate tax returns and dealing with creditors are just a few of the issues the surviving family faces. Caring estate planning lawyers know… Read More »

What Happens to Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes and Generation-Skipping Transfers in 2013?

Part of savvy estate planning centers around taxation and how to use estate planning tools to your advantage to minimize taxation, such as through gifting and generation-skipping transfers. When America faced its first economic challenges after 9/11, Congress passed tax cuts. For more than a decade, Congress has scrutinized taxation. In 2010, Congress made far-reaching… Read More »

Should You Avoid Probate?

Bethesda wills and trust lawyers can review your situation and advise whether avoiding probate is cost effective and necessary to preserve your legacy. People often have a fear of probate and no doubt have heard terrible stories about people losing substantial assets through the probate process. It is true that going through probate is extremely… Read More »