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Some of the strangest wills of the century

Many people disburse their funds to their children—or even their grandchildren—in their wills. They might also pass down family heirlooms or other artifacts that they loved in life. However, some wills include very uncommon issues, wishes and directions for their loved ones.

Business Succession Planning Is An Important Part of Estate Planning

Business owners have countless obligations and responsibilities to which they must attend. Everything from hiring and firing to product development and marketing may go through an owner, not to mention the short- and long-term plans for the business.

Can I disinherit someone peacefully?

Creating a will is intensely personal. You want it to reflect your values and wishes, and you likely want to protect those you love. However, there could be some very difficult decisions you must make to achieve these goals. For instance, what if you want to disinherit someone?

What are the benefits of a revocable trust?

Creating an estate plan can feel a little overwhelming. There are so many different documents, and it is hard to know which options are the right ones for you and your family. You probably have heard of a revocable trust, but you may be unclear on what exactly it does and whether it is the right choice for you. Below are five benefits of using a revocable trust.

3 reasons to make estate planning a 'pet' project

People tend to dismiss the idea of creating an estate plan if they don't have complex assets or divisive family relationships. Often, they assume that the state laws will suffice when it comes to determining what should happen to their property, debts and other end-of-life matters.

Talking to your adult children about estate plans

Discussing estate plans or end-of-life wishes can be uncomfortable for a lot of people. But there are unfortunate consequences of not having these conversations with loved ones, so it is wise to talk about estate planning with them - especially your adult children.

3 steps you must take after creating an estate plan

If you have a will and other estate planning documents in place, you have taken a major step toward protecting your wishes, your assets and your loved ones in the event that you get sick or pass away. Having these documents in place can be incredibly valuable when it comes to making some difficult decisions.

Reasons to `Renovate' Your Will

You are more proactive than many if you already have a will drawn up with the help of an experienced attorney, but just like a home may need renovation to meet the needs of its inhabitants better, some life occurrences may necessitate the remodeling of your will. Let's look at some of the situations that could warrant an update of your will.

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