Estate Planning Beyond Documents

Estate Planning Beyond Documents

See the New York Times today for an article titled There’s More to Estate Planning Than the Will.  It is an excellent article and well worth the read.  I agree with the conclusion that documents are not enough.  While it is truly a gift to your family and loved...
What Can Celebrity Deaths Teach Us?

What Can Celebrity Deaths Teach Us?

High profile celebrity deaths are regularly in the headlines. The ongoing legal battle faced by Anna Nicole Smith, and now her Estate, continues.  That case included allegations of interference with inheritance.  Casey Kasem’s last months raise questions about...
Adult Guardianships in Indiana

Adult Guardianships in Indiana

Good planning for the possibility of future incapacitates, can decrease the likelihood of ever needing a guardianship.  However, if documents are not in place, or even if they are, a guardianship can be needed in certain situations. What is an adult guardianship? An...
Dying Without a Will: Indiana’s Default Estate Plan

Dying Without a Will: Indiana’s Default Estate Plan

Indiana law provides a “default” estate plan for you, if you do not have a Will at your death.   This is called an “intestate” estate. Does Indiana’s default plan match your intentions to provide for your loved ones?  Here’s a guide...
Four Essential Documents

Four Essential Documents

Estate planning can sometimes appear complicated, full of acronyms and sophisticated sounding concepts. While it is true that estate planning can be complicated, in its simplest form, an Indiana estate plan should consist of at least the following four documents: Last...