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Trust Funding – Education is our Goal

At InSight Law, our focus is always on education. We are constantly striving to educate our clients, their families, and advisors around the community. One thing we stress is trust “funding”. Trust funding involves the coordination of all your assets with your trust. This is to ensure all the instructions you lay out in your trust will apply to your assets in the event of a disability or a death. We often see clients that have setup a trust several years ago and never done anything with it. It eventually becomes just a pretty binder on a shelf. Then, a disability...

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The Burden of Inheritance

Many people mistakenly believe that inheriting a large estate is some wondrous thing akin to winning the lottery. All of sudden, you are presented with access to vast sums of money, large pieces of property, etc. Such assets can completely change your standard of living. Nevertheless, there are numerous “burdens” associated with inheritance. One of the biggest burdens is the emotional trauma associated with inheritance. We must not forget that someone died in order for an estate to be distributed. Along with the emotional toll of inheritance is the large amount of time and work that must go into properly distributing a...

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Simple Will”

I get this request, in some form or another, on a regular basis - “I want a simple will.” The client is thinking they have a relatively straightforward collection of assets and a “typical” family. Then they drop the proverbial bomb and reveal that they have a half-interest in a rental property based in Honolulu, natural gas interests in another state, and a general partnership worth somewhere between $100,000 and $5,000,000. They also divulge the fact that they have one child who is physically disabled and another child who has served jail time with two divorces under their belt. Clearly, a...

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No Children? The Challenge of Deciding Who Receives Your Estate’s Assets

Most people with adult children include them in their estate plan by giving them authority to make decisions on their behalf, and to ultimately inherit their assets. But what about couples who have no children? Estate planning for childless couples can actually be more challenging than for couples with children. How is it more difficult? Well, because there’s probably no default individual to empower to make decisions on your behalf, administer your estate, and determine who will inherit your assets. Childless couples usually look to siblings, extended relatives, charities, or close friends. Another issue for childless couples is the tendency...

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Will The Money You Leave Behind Ruin Your Children or Grandchildren?

It’s one of those fears many individuals (especially wealthy individuals) have, but rarely speak about. They aren’t worried about the “death tax” or other inheritance taxes. In fact, the concern isn’t heirs receiving too little money; it’s receiving too much. The concern is that inherited wealth can have adverse effects on the people inheriting the money. The beneficiaries could treat it as though they won the lottery and splurge on reckless, irresponsible purchases. Imagine, the money you worked so hard to accumulate ends up being blown on a fleet of fancy cars or, even worse, a drug habit or...

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