These days, lots of people consider their pets to be members of their family. Indeed, pets can become our closest companions. As such, it’s only natural you’d want to make sure your furry friend is provided for in your estate plan, so when you die or if you become...read more
Whether it’s called “The Great Wealth Transfer,” “The Silver Tsunami,” or some other catchy-sounding name, it’s a fact that a tremendous amount of wealth will pass from aging Baby Boomers to younger generations in the next few decades. In fact, it’s said to be the...read more
The battle over the Estate of Jeffrey Epstein promises to be as full of drama as it is of mystery. With assets including opulent homes in New York, Paris, and New Mexico, a private island in the Caribbean and a private jet to his name, the battle to claim his assets...read more
If you were to suddenly die today, would your loved ones know how to quickly find your estate planning documents? Would they know how to access all of your financial accounts? How about your insurance policies? What about your login and password info to all of your...read more
If you’re like most people, you probably view estate planning as a burdensome necessity—just one more thing to check off of life’s endless “to-do” list. You may shop around and find a lawyer to create planning documents for you, or you might try creating your own DIY...read more
There is nothing like a presidential candidate’s personal income tax return to get people talking. And, while the battle over the federal tax returns of President Donald Trump continues to leave many people wondering what his tax returns may reveal, we no longer need...read more
This is the third in an ongoing series of our articles discussing the true costs and consequences of failed estate planning. The series highlights a few of the most common—and costly—planning mistakes we encounter with clients. If the series exposes any potential gaps...read more
Last week, we discussed the benefits of a unique estate planning vehicle known as a Lifetime Asset Protection Trust (LAPT). We referenced this planning tool in the context of how it could have protected Clare Bronfman, the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Seagram’s...read more
The sudden death of a loved one is always a tragedy. But when someone with a large estate passes away unexpectedly, that tragedy may be compounded by a lengthy and unpleasant probate process. Such deaths are a poignant reminder of the importance of careful estate...read more
When you create your estate plan, the idea that one of your adult children would ever use their inheritance to bankroll a cult is probably something you’d never dream of, much less anticipate. Yet that’s exactly what 40-year-old Clare Bronfman, heiress to the...read more
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