Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Avoid These 5 Mistakes With Help from an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning is essential for everyone, not just the rich. Putting plans in place now is the best way to safeguard the future for you and your family. It’s always advisable to enlist the services of an estate planning attorney to assist with the process. An estate planning attorney is familiar with the will and estate laws of your state,…

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Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

Estate Planning and Property Deeds

One of the most important aspects of good estate planning is making sure that we have the information we need about your assets. Some estate planners in Arkansas are content simply to create a trust and leave it up to you to put your assets into it. (Otherwise known as “funding” your trust.) Estate Planning 101: You Must Fund Your…

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Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration

What is an Arkansas Probate?

The word “probate” comes from the Latin verb probare, which means “to try, test, prove, or examine.” (H/T to Wikipedia.) This is important for two reasons. First, it illustrates that probate, much like Latin, is outdated and should never be your go-to solution. Also, the definition is spot-on: Probate will both try you and test your patience. Most people (justifiably) fail…

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Estate Planning

“Who Gets My Twitter When I Die?”

Here’s our second installment to celebrate 2014 National Estate Planning Awareness Week: “Who Gets My Twitter (or Facebook or Feedly or Instagram or Pinterest) When I Die.” When we think about our estate—our stuff—the stuff that’s going to be left behind when we die that someone else is going to have to sort through—we normally think about tangible stuff like…

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Estate Planning

Be Aware of Your Estate Plan!

Today begins National Estate Planning Awareness Week. (Seriously—it’s a real thing.) So here’s our not-so-subtle nudge for you to become more aware about your estate plan. And then hire us to do help you! But first, a story: There are four lawyers at wh Law | We Help, and each of our practice areas are different. Greg and I practice…

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Estate Planning

Lou Reed: No Estate Planning Idol

This recent short article identifies one of the lesser-cited advantages of using trusts for estate planning: privacy. In it, we are told all the finer points about the distribution of Lou Reed’s estate. Had the rocker instead used trusts, we would know nothing. Trusts are private, whereas wills (and the accompanying probate process) are public. Takeaway: Wills are what you…

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning for a Patriarch

The concept of stewardship is at the heart of our estate planning practice here at wh Law | We Help. When someone works hard for their stuff, we like for them to be able to keep it for as long as possible. And when they can’t keep it any longer, we want to put it where it should go. We…

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Estate Planning

Comprehensive Estate Planning – Your Legacy

When most Arkansans think of estate planning, the only objective they have in mind is to transfer assets and belongings  to the people and organizations they want to have them after they die. They also consider the possible delay (probate) and costs (fees and taxes) and want to decrease both of those. That is a correct purpose. But great estate…

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Elder Law, Estate Planning

Healthcare Costs during Retirement

In the practice area of Elder Law we often deal with how to pay for the medical costs of our clients. Most of the time people do not call until they are facing a $6,000.00 a month bill from the nursing home. Most people spend a large amount of money on healthcare before they ever enter a nursing home. Although…

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