Two people shaking hands, symbolizing trust and success - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: June 9, 2020

At Legacy Law Centers, we advise clients to include a revocable living trust in their estate plans to make sure their finances are properly managed if they are ever incapacitated. We know how important it is to know your family and other loved ones are financially secure in your absence, which is why we want to explain what you need to do to set up a trust fund. Funding The Trust Trust funding involves transferring ownership of your accounts and property during your lifetime. You can also designate the trust as a beneficiary of an account or piece of property. This will allow the…Read More

Two persons holding a house model on a desk, discussing an estate plan - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: May 26, 2020

At Legacy Law Centers, our team of experienced attorneys knows that finding time in your busy schedule to take care of important estate planning matters can be difficult, especially if you are a parent working from home or a frontline worker during this pandemic. If you have been meaning to get started drafting an estate plan to ensure your legacy and loved ones are protected when you are no longer around, then consider the following questions to determine what legal documents you need to include. Who Do You Trust To Handle Your Financial Affairs? How your money and property will be handled is one of…Read More

Three individuals in a room - discussing Estate Planning During The Coronavirus - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: March 19, 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to unfold and impact more aspects of our day-to-day lives, many of our clients have been reaching out to our law firm to get advice regarding how to adjust current or draft new estate plans to address the volatility of the financial markets and the possibility of their health being directly impacted by the spread of the virus. Although it is completely understandable that this health crisis is making us all anxious about the future, our legal team at Legacy Law Centers is reminding clients that the present state of the world presents unique…Read More

A man and woman sitting on a couch holding coffee cups - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: December 8, 2019

In previous generations, the traditional nuclear family was the status quo. A married, heterosexual couple had 2-3 children, and those children grew up to have kids themselves. But divorce, remarriage, and cohabitation before marriage are now becoming increasingly common and accepted. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 1 in 6 American children live in a blended family. Although a vast portion of today’s Americans have stepfamily, the laws have not necessarily changed to reflect this pattern. If you live in a blended family, you may need to take additional steps to ensure old laws don’t interfere with modern plans. Furthermore,…Read More

Stethoscope and scrabble blocks spelling HIPAA on a table - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: September 29, 2019

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to provide guidelines to the healthcare industry for protecting patient information and privacy. For minors, this is a non-issue because parents, as legal guardians, have access to their children’s medical information and are the ones making most of the medical decisions, as well as paying the expenses. However, once the individual turns 18 years old, he or she is no longer a minor. This means that the hospitals and doctor’s offices must safeguard the patient’s information from everyone, including the parents. While it makes sense that a…Read More

A gavel & set of keys next to a document titled Power of Attorney - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: September 5, 2019

The wealth, property, and investments we accrue over a lifetime are often significant. While you have carefully managed your finances through the years, there may eventually come a time when you cannot handle such decisions. To plan for the likelihood that you are unable to manage your financial affairs, it’s important to have everything in order while you’re still of sound mind. For starters, you’ll want to execute a financial power of attorney. It’s perhaps the most important estate planning decision to make while you’re healthy. Assigning the duty to a trusted relative, loved one, friend, or professional can help ensure…Read More

A woman holding a house model on a table, symbolizing Estate Plan - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: August 11, 2019

If you think you only need to create discretionary lifetime trusts for young, troubled, or financially inexperienced beneficiaries, then think again. In this day and age of frivolous lawsuits and high divorce rates, discretionary lifetime trusts should be considered for all of your beneficiaries, minors and adults alike. What Is a Discretionary Lifetime Trust? A discretionary lifetime trust is a type of irrevocable trust that you can fund while you are alive – in which case you will gift your assets into the trust for the benefit of your beneficiaries – or after you die – in which case your assets will…Read More

A soldier holds a house model in their hands, symbolizing estate planning for military families - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: July 28, 2019

No matter the time of year, it is always a good opportunity for members of the military and their loved ones to consider setting up — or revising an existing —estate plan. Military families need to consider special estate-planning issues that others do not. This is particularly true when one or more family members are deployed overseas. Beyond this, members of the military have access to special benefits and resources. This can become complicated and, for this reason, it is important to seek professional help if you are a military family. Whether you are just starting your service in the…Read More

A family sitting on a couch with a house drawn on the wall - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: July 9, 2019

The average American family has changed a great deal over the last few decades. The assumptions that a couple will share finances, tax obligations, and their last name do not necessarily apply in the 21st century. There are more options than ever before to keep your finances, identity, and future plans separate. This sense of independence leads many married people to question: can I make estate planning decisions without involving my spouse? The answer can be more complicated than you might expect. While it’s certainly possible to begin the estate planning process without your spouse, there are some things to consider.…Read More

Book titled Revocable Trust on table with judge's gavel - Legacy Law Centers
  • By: Legacy Law Centers
  • Published: June 20, 2019

Everyone who creates an estate plan wants to find a way to protect their assets from lawsuits and collections, ensuring that they and their loved ones will be able to enjoy those assets as needed throughout the years. In your own pursuit of finding a way to stop lawsuits against your assets, you likely have heard that a revocable living trust will do just that. Is this true? No. A revocable trust does not protect the assets within it from lawsuits. It might create some legal protections for assets you want to give to your loved ones, but it will do little to shield your own assets.…Read More

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