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Monday, October 30, 2023

Asset Protection Strategies That Are Useful In Estate Planning


Asset protection is an important part of comprehensive estate planning. Its primary objective is to protect an individual's assets from potential creditors, lawsuits, and other unforeseen liabilities. Combining estate planning with asset protection ensures not only the distribution of one's assets according to their wishes upon death, but also the preservation of those assets during their lifetime.


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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Estate Planning Considerations for Blended Families


Estate planning for blended families can be complex, especially given the unique challenges and dynamics involved. A "blended” family typically refers to a family where at least one of the spouses has children from a previous marriage or relationship. We have all heard of situations where one spouse dies in a second marriage and there are biological children involved from the first marriage or relationship.
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Monday, October 9, 2023

How To Avoid Trust Disputes


Overview of Different Trusts Used in Estate Planning in North and South Carolina

Trusts are used in estate planning to manage and distribute assets according to the grantor's wishes, often with the intent to minimize taxes, protect assets, or control how assets are distributed after death. They are legal arrangements where one person (the "settlor" or "grantor") gives another person (the "trustee") the responsibility of holding and managing property or assets for the benefit of someone else (the "beneficiary"). Monk Law Firm, PLLC can help you set up trusts if you decide that this is useful as part of your estate planning during your lifetime, as well as after you have passed away.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Importance of Estate Planning as a Parent


Parents, have you put an estate plan in place? Estate planning is important for everyone, but there is an added layer of importance when it comes to parents. To really explain why it is so important for parents to put an estate plan in place, let’s take a look at what parents can accomplish with a comprehensive estate plan.

The Importance of Estate Planning as a Parent

Perhaps one of the most important things a parent can do with an estate plan is name a guardian for their minor children.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

What Happens When a Personal Representative Doesn’t Do Their Job?


The personal representative of an estate serves an important role as they are tasked with managing the administration of a decedent’s estate. This involves gathering and managing the assets of the estate, notifying creditors, paying valid debts of the estate, and more, all while upholding their fiduciary duties. Not everyone is up to such a job and that can become painfully clear over the course of the probate process. When a personal representative fails in their job responsibilities, the probate process can slow or come to a screeching halt, among other negative impacts. In such a situation, is there anything to be done?

There are a number of problems an irresponsible personal representative may cause for an estate in probate.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

No Valid Will? What Happens Next?


If you die without a valid will in place in North Carolina, your assets will not pass according to your wishes but instead will pass according to the terms of the State’s laws of intestate succession. When a person dies without a will, it is said that they died “intestate.” Every state has laws in place that dictate what will become of a person’s assets should they pass away without a valid will.
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Friday, March 3, 2023

Spendthrift Trusts and Protecting Your Legacy


After we die, we hope that our legacy lives on. This can mean a lot of different things, but many like to leave something to help support their loved ones after they are gone. The thought of leaving a lump sum inheritance to your children or other loved ones, however, can be uncomfortable. After all, such a windfall can be difficult to manage even for those of us with strong money management skills and spending restraint. What will happen to your legacy in the hands of your heirs that struggle with financial immaturity? Or are in a relationship where they have relinquished any control over their financial matters? Or maybe they struggle with addiction issues? Or perhaps they are simply too young to effectively manage a lump sum inheritance? If your heirs struggle with their financial matters, should you leave them an inheritance and risk them spending it quickly away? Well, a spendthrift trust can allow you to provide your heirs with an inheritance, but protect it from creditors and poor spending habits.
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Thursday, January 19, 2023

How Will Your Heirs Divide Up Your Tangible Personal Property?


If you have begun your estate planning journey, you have probably thought about or addressed the distribution of your biggest assets. It is likely that you have planned for those things that have either great financial worth, great significant worth, or both. What about everything else? Think of the things we accumulate over the years.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Tips for Organizing Your Estate


There is no doubt about it, estate planning has a lot of moving parts. As you work your way through the many facets of estate planning, be sure to keep reminding yourself who you are doing this for. Yes, estate planning will provide you with many vital protections.
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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Most Americans Do Not Have an Estate Plan in Place


Over the past few pandemic years, Americans have had to confront some uncomfortable ideas about what they knew or thought they knew about their health and safety. Unfortunately, sudden illness does strike. The unforeseen, as well as the foreseen, does happen. Despite the tough realities we have all grappled with in recent years, a shocking number of Americans still do not have an estate plan in place.

According to a recent study conducted by Caring.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Get a Power of Attorney for Your College-Age Kid


Another school year has come and gone. Some of you may be preparing to send your kid off to college in the fall. The newly available freedom in the future for them can be exciting and, especially as a parent, a little scary. As you prepare yourself and your college kid logistically, mentally, and emotionally for this big transition ahead, consider preparing things legally as well. After all, most students entering college for the first time this fall will be 18 and that means they are now legal adults.


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