Estate Planning Articles

Leaving Assets to a Beneficiary While You are Still Alive

While much of the typical estate plan accounts for the distribution of your assets after your death, estate planning can also account for the distribution of assets while you are still alive. “Giving while living” is an estate planning tool that individuals should carefully consider with the help of an estate planning attorney. Here, the…

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Leaving an Inheritance to a Minor Child

While no one wants to think about the possibility of a family disaster occurring, it is always recommended to prepare for childcare and leaving an inheritance in case of an emergency. Here, the Maryland family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss why you should consider leaving an inheritance to your children and how to…

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Leaving Assets to a Charity

It is not uncommon for an individual to leave a portion of their assets to a charity that is meaningful to them. There are a variety of benefits to donating an endowment or legacy gift to a charity or nonprofit organization, and if you are interested in leaving an asset of your own to a…

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How Will Your Debts Impact Estate Planning?

Even after death, most personal debts you have do not disappear, and the burden can fall on your estate and affect the gifts that you intend to leave your loved ones. Here, the will and estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law detail how your debts could impact your estate planning and what you can…

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Top 5 Tips When Preparing Your Will

While it is understandable to want to push off preparing your will, it is a necessary part of ensuring your assets do not end up in the wrong hands. Because preparing for the distribution of your belongings may seem daunting, the will and estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law offer five tips to consider…

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Drafting an Advance Medical Directive

An advance medical directive ensures your healthcare wishes and needs are met in instances where you are unable to communicate them. As a general rule of thumb, a comprehensive estate plan should always contain an advance medical directive—here, the estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain what an advance medical directive should contain and…

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Why Writing a Will Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

While weight-loss resolutions might continue to be the most popular, any estate planning attorney could tell you that resolving to write a will should be at the forefront of anyone’s list. Here, the estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain why crafting a will is so vital. A Will is Legally Binding and Shortens…

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Estate Planning 101: Don’t Neglect to Write a Will

None of us knows what life has in store, and so it is important to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances by carefully preparing a comprehensive estate plan. Here, the estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law explain the importance of writing a will before you pass away, in order to protect your family and loved…

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Estate Planning Basics

In this article, the estate planning attorneys at Rodier Family Law lay out the steps individuals should take to ensure that in the event of your passing, your family is provided with instructions on the division of your estate. The creation of an estate plan is not generally the first item on anyone’s to-do list.…

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