Why You Want to Avoid Intestacy

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Aug 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

About two out of three Americans will die without a will. This is known as dying intestate. While the reasons for not having a will vary, the end result is the same for everyone: they do not get to choose who receives their property when they die. Instead, their money and property are distribu...

Trust Funding: Setting Your Trustee Up for Success

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Aug 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

For many people, a revocable living trust is a valuable tool to ensure that their finances are well managed during periods of incapacity and that their loved ones are financially secure upon their passing. However, signing the trust agreement doesn't end the estate planning process: To work prope...

Trust Funding: Is Everything Titled Correctly?

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jul 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

Working with an attorney to draft a trust agreement for estate planning purposes is an important step. But just getting the document drafted and signed is not enough. For any trust to be effective, you must complete the process of funding your trust as soon as you can. But what exactly is funding...

Why You May Have to Open a Legal Probate Proceeding

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jul 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Probate is the legal process for recognizing the validity of a person's will after their death and appointing the nominated decision maker. This person, also known as an executor or personal representative, administers the deceased person's estate and ensures that their money and property are tra...

A Trust Is the Best Option to Avoid Probate

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jul 07, 2023 | 0 Comments

Ideally, when someone passes away, the paperwork and material concerns associated with the deceased's passing are so seamlessly handled (thanks to excellent preparation) that they fade into the background, allowing the family and other loved ones to grieve and remember the deceased in peace. I...

Pass-Through Taxation: What You Need to Know

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jun 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

Most US businesses have a pass-through taxation structure: they are not subject to corporate tax. Instead, they have their income “pass through” to their owners to be taxed on their individual income tax returns. Pass-through businesses have simpler filing and a lower tax rate than C corporation...

What You Need to Know about Articles of Organization

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jun 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

The limited liability company (LLC) is a popular entity structure among small business owners that provides governance and taxation flexibility and shields personal assets from business liabilities. To enjoy the benefits and legal protections of an LLC, however, owners must register their compan...

How to Put Business Interests into a Trust

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Jun 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

When forming your business, you may choose to structure it as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), or corporation. Each type of structure offers different levels of asset protection and affects how much you pay in taxes. But owners can exert further control over th...

Planning a Barbecue Is Like Planning Your Estate

Posted by James M. Kreitler | May 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

For many, Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of summer and enjoying warm-weather activities, including backyard barbecues with friends and family. Although a cookout may be an informal affair, planning is crucial to its success. This is true for estate planning, too. Just as preparations ...

What Is a Separate Revocable Living Trust?

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Mar 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

When a couple engages in foundational estate planning, one of the first questions addressed by estate planning attorneys is whether it makes sense for the couple to use a revocable living trust (RLT) as a part of their plan. If using an RLT makes sense, an important follow-up question to married ...

Think Your Estate Plan is Complete?

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Feb 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Roughly two-thirds of Americans do not have an estate plan, according to a recent survey from Caring.com.  If you are among the minority of US adults who have prepared a will, living trust, and other end-of-life documents, you may think that your estate plan is settled. But you might want to thi...

Myths about Estate Planning

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Feb 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it is not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with an estate plan requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought stops many people in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qualified atto...

Three Reasons to Avoid Probate

Posted by James M. Kreitler | Feb 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

When you pass away, your family may need to sign certain documents as part of a probate process in order to claim their inheritance. This can happen if you own property (like a house, car, bank account, investment account, or other asset) in your name only and you have not  completed a beneficiar...

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