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Are you ready to fully use your living trust?

Living trusts are a popular estate planning tool, but also one that often is under-used once established. Much like buying a treadmill to get in shape or fresh groceries to prepare home-cooked meals, living trusts often seem very appealing while a person is window-shopping estate planning tools. But they can then fail to utilize all of the benefits that they can offer because the individual doesn't use them properly or often enough.

Is it a mistake to only use a will in your estate planning?

California residents may want to consider using more than a will in their estate planning. Although your will is an essential component of your successful estate plan -- and although a will is enough in numerous circumstances -- most situations can benefit from more than just a will. A complete estate plan requires multiple documents, particularly an advanced medical directive and a power of attorney.

Why should you use a special needs trust?

If you have a child with disabilities who requires specialized care, then certainly the main reason you'd want to use a special needs trust is just to provide for that child after you pass away. By putting the money in a trust, you ensure that it is used properly even when you're no longer around to oversee the spending.

Protect your loved one with a special needs trust

If you have family members who need ongoing care they cannot provide for themselves, you may want to consider setting up a special needs trust to ensure that your loved ones' needs remain covered in the future. Special needs trusts are a particular type of trust that allows people to receive ongoing care without inflating their income or jeopardizing their qualification for certain government assistance benefits.

Demystifying trusts in an estate plan

Setting up your estate plan is something that can take a lot of thought, but it is worth it when you realize that you are making plans that can set your family members up after you are gone. Some people think that this is a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be. We are here to help take the uncertainty out of it.

What is a revocable living trust?

If you have ever thought about writing a will or an estate plan, you may have come to realize that many documents are required to protect different elements of your future. Some work together and others work separately to secure your needs. One popular tool in estate planning is a revocable living trust. Here we will state the purpose of a revocable living trust, why you might need one and how you can maintain it as part of your estate plan.

Hugh Hefner's widow signed prenuptial, but still gets millions

When 91-year-old Hugh Hefner died this past week, many people wondered how his widow, Crystal, was going to fare. It was common knowledge that the 31-year-old former Playboy cover model had signed an ironclad prenuptial agreement with Hefner. Still, it was speculated that he was going to take care of her for the rest of her life, but the question was how he would accomplish that since she wasn't in his will.

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