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There is no shortage of advice flying around about estate planning, much of it from people who aren't even lawyers. Get insight on the popular pitfalls and how emerging economic shifts like cryptocurrency can affect your plan.

Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
The Importance of Customized Estate Planning for LGBTQ+ Relationships - Part 2

Last week we started the discussion of why it’s so important for LGBTQ+ families to invest in custom esta...

Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
The Importance of Customized Estate Planning for LGBTQ+ Relationships - Part 1

June is a time of celebration and reflection for the LGBTQ+ community as Pride Month shines a spotlight o...

Awakened Parenting, Life Planning, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
How Estate Planning Can Bring Blended Families Closer

Yours, mine and ours … in today’s modern family, it’s oh so common. The blended family is the product of ...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Life Planning, Same Gender Couples, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Just Married? 6 Estate Planning Essentials for Newlyweds—Part 2

As we head into the peak of wedding season, if you are a newlywed or are about to tie the knot, add “esta...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Life Planning, Same Gender Couples, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Just Married? 6 Estate Planning Essentials for Newlyweds—Part 1

As we head into the peak of wedding season, if you are a newlywed or are about to tie the knot, add “esta...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Aretha Franklin’s Estate Planning Haunts Her Family —Part 2

Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died from pancreatic ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Aretha Franklin’s Estate Planning Haunts Her Family —Part 1

Nearly three years have passed since Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died from pancreatic ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
Larry King’s Death Highlights Importance of Updating Your Estate Plan—Part 2

Legendary TV and radio host, Larry King, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 23...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
Larry King’s Death Highlights Importance of Updating Your Estate Plan—Part 1

Legendary TV and radio host, Larry King, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on January 23...

Family Financial Planning, Planning for Seniors, Blended Family Issues
Remarrying In Midlife? Avoid Accidently Disinheriting Your Loved Ones

Today, we’re seeing more and more people getting divorced in middle age and beyond. Indeed, the trend of ...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
What the Netflix Series Tiger King Can Teach You About Estate Planning-Part 1

Anyone who has seen the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness can attest that i...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Your “Blended” Family Is Likely Headed to Court Unless You Do This

If you have a blended family and do not plan for what happens to your assets in the event of your incapac...

Family Financial Planning, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
4 Tips For Discussing Estate Planning With Your Family This Holiday Season

As we head into the peak of the holiday season, you’re likely spending more time than usual surrounded by...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Buyer Beware: The Hidden Dangers of DIY Estate Planning—Part 1

Do a Google search for “online estate planning documents,” and you’ll find dozens of different websites. ...

wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Avoid These 2 Common Causes For Dispute Over Your Estate Plan—Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed one of the most frequent causes for dispute over your esta...

Celebrity Estate Planning, wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues
Tom Petty's Daughters and Widow Locked In Bitter Battle Over His Estate

This week Tom Petty’s daughters escalated the battle over their late father’s estate by filing a lawsuit ...

wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
5 Estate Planning Must-Dos if You’re Getting Divorced—Part 2

In the first part of this series, we discussed a couple of the most critical updates you must make to you...

Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce, Estate Planning
5 Estate Planning Must-Dos if You’re Getting Divorced—Part 1

Divorce can be traumatic for the whole family. Even if the process is amicable, it involves many tough de...

Awakened Parenting, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
6 Key Steps For Conscious Co-Parenting: Part Two

Last week, we shared the first part of this series, discussing some of the key steps for conscious co-par...

Awakened Parenting, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
6 Key Steps For Conscious Co-Parenting: Part One

Committing to a conscious divorce means protecting your children from end-of-marriage related trauma. Whe...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Estate Planning Mistakes, Blended Family Issues
Thicke’s Estate Shows Importance of Properly Drafted and Updated Estate Plans

In the 1980s, the late actor Alan Thicke played the wise-but-hip father figure and psychiatrist Dr. Jason...

Awakened Parenting, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
3 Key Benefits of Conscious Uncoupling

The concept of conscious uncoupling, or conscious divorce, has been around for decades in the psychothera...

Asset Protection, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Common Estate Planning Issues for a Second (or More) Marriage

These days, second and even third marriages are fairly commonplace. And the estate planning issues that a...

Estate Planning Mistakes, Life Planning, Blended Family Issues
How Legal Planning Helps Build a Strong Blended Family

Yours, mine and ours … in today’s modern family, it’s oh so common. The blended family is the product of ...

Kids Protection Planning, Awakened Parenting, Blended Family Issues
Defining the Legal Relationship Between Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

Raising a grandchild (or even spending a lot of time with your grandchild while his or her parents work) ...

Same Gender Couples, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
(Re)Defining Family: Estate Planning for the Post-Nuclear Family

Blended families, unmarried couples, assistive reproductive technology (ART) and same-sex unions and marr...

Kids Protection Planning, Awakened Parenting, Life Planning, Blended Family Issues, Conscious Divorce
Legal Rights of Grandparents: In Honor of National Grandparents Day

When all is ideal in a family, the bond between grandparent and child is a special one. Maybe you’ve even...

Celebrity Estate Planning, Kids Protection Planning, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Kelly Clarkson Starts Blended Family: What She Needs to Consider

Starting a new family is always exciting and even a tad scary. This natural apprehension can be enhanced ...

Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Life Is Multifaceted: Teach a Child to Be Open and Embrace Complexities

When you picture a “normal” family, what do you see? Is it the traditional notion of one male parent and ...

Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, Same Gender Couples, wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues
Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Will Have Monumental Effects

In June, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a highly publicized...

Family Financial Planning, wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Estate Planning for Blended Families

The term “blended family” has become commonplace in our society and refers to a family where one or both ...

Asset Protection, Awakened Parenting, Family Financial Planning, Life Planning, wills and trusts, Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
7 Reasons to Consider a Trust for Your Family

Do you consider trusts to be instruments of the wealthy? While it is true that many Americans of means ha...

Blended Family Issues, Estate Planning
Estate Planning for the Blended Family

Balancing the needs of a multi-generational blended family with your own wishes can be a complicated task...

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Juniper Law, PLLC

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Das Law, PLLC

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Legacy Lawyers, PLLC

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Edris Law

In my practice, I focus on Family Protection, Wealth Preservation, and Value-Based Planning. I’m also experienced with wealth planning strat...

Brown Law Offices

Lisa Brown Esq. is the principal attorney for Brown Law Offices. She received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and ...

Millennium Attorney

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Reflections Life Planning, LLC

I love being able to guide my clients through a unique planning process that empowers them to live a financially fulfilling life now while e...

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