This is part two of a continued article. See yesterday's blog posting for the first half of this article. Looking for Legal Advice with Your Documents? Look Elsewhere... Did you realize that companies that provide these DIY legal documents are not allowed to give legal advice? Not only can they not … [Read more...] about The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning: Part 2
In a world of do-it-yourself forms and low-cost document services, an increasing number of individuals are creating legal documents without receiving professional counsel. Many of these individuals are using these sources to create estate planning documents, which are among the most complex legal … [Read more...] about The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning: Part 1
Don't worry about a thing. All of your concerns and problems will soon be resolved. Come next January, our country will have no problems, and all of your financial woes will be solved. I have listened closely to the candidates, and they all promise a solution for everyone's financial and social … [Read more...] about Don't Worry About a Thing! The Politicians Will Fix It…Right?!?
Nobody wants to think about death and incapacity. However, not thinking about these issues will not make them go away. The reality is that all adults need to consider what they would like to have happen in case these life events come along unexpectedly-and they almost always do. Here is a short … [Read more...] about What Documents Do I Need and When Do I Need Them?
It is important to understand the legal ramifications of your child turning 18 in Arizona and New Mexico. Most likely, if you have an 18 year old, you might be asking yourself, "Where has the time gone?" It may seem like just the other day you were walking your daughter or son into kindergarten … [Read more...] about Do You Have a Child Turning 18 This Year? Learn How Arizona and New Mexico Law Affects Them.
Most people in Arizona and New Mexico think that estate planning is primarily a tool for passing on money. While that is one element, a proper estate plan does so much more. Not only can you save your loved ones from the costs and headaches of probate but you can often provide much more than just … [Read more...] about You Have More To Give Than You Realize!
Estate planning is too easy! There, I said it. What do you need to know to do estate planning? Apparently nothing. In fact, it's so easy that the nice teller at the bank can do it. So can your bridge partner during the lulls in your bridge game. It's so easy your neighbor can do it over the fence … [Read more...] about Estate planning is too easy!
I was so excited when Erin, my first child, was born this past September. I was certain then, and still am, that there has never been such a brilliant or beautiful little girl. Like any new parent, I beamed with pride, but at the same time, I was apprehensive about what her future may hold. Being … [Read more...] about Gifts for Minor Beneficiaries
The Uncertainty with the Estate Tax Exemption Amount Since 2001, the estate tax exemption amount has increased every year, until 2010, when there was no estate tax. If there ever was a good year to die, 2010 was it and George Steinbrenner (owner of the New York Yankees) timed it just right. By dying … [Read more...] about Is Now the Time to Panic?
Happy New Year from all of us at MH! We wish you and your family a happy and prosperous 2012! A new year always causes reflection on what happened during the past year and what the future year might bring. As a result, there is no better time than right now to also review your estate plan and to … [Read more...] about The New Year is a Great Time to Review Your Estate Plan