Category Archives: Estate and Trust Administration
A lesson learned in Pennsylvania declares immediate annuities must still meet a number of stringent requirements to be accepted as legitimate by Medicaid authorities. Families considering them should get help from a qualified elder law attorney, such as Linda Strohschein and her team at Strohschein Law Group. This is an FYI for you to think about what long term care planning can put in place for you before you transfer assets to afford it. Call us today (630) 377-3241 Continue reading
Just as making a will without the help of a qualified attorney can be dangerous, trying to change an existing will on your own can fail as well. A recent court decision in Minnesota serves as a cautionary reminder to anyone thinking of altering their estate plan on their own. Strohschein Law Group is here to protect what matters and just a phone call away to save you money and potential heart ache.
Many parents or grandparents with sizable amounts of money to pass on to their heirs are apprehensive about the effect it may have on their children or grandchildren. In some instances, they fear that the recipients will misspend the funds on drugs, fancy cars or failing businesses. In other cases, the fear is simply that their children will lose their drive to achieve and overcome barriers that may present themselves if there’s no financial necessity to do so. But some parents set up what are known as “incentive trusts,” which get very specific in their instructions to trustees to ensure that the trust funds support what the trust’s creators view as positive behavior and discourage unproductive activities. Read more…
Who Will Inherit Whitney Houston’s Fortune Following Bobbi Kristina’s Death — and What Are the Lessons?
As it turned out, Houston may have given Bobbi Kristina more money than she could cope with at such a young age. The trustees of the trust – Bobbi’s aunt and grandmother – certainly thought so because they filed court papers to change the will to delay the windfall to Bobbi Kristina, but the trustees later withdrew the request, no doubt realizing that courts invariably follow the terms of a will. But we’ve seen worse. At least Houston did have a plan that didn’t give everything to Bobbi, even though $2 million at age 21 was probably too much. The morals of the story are to update your estate plan when life changes happen and to think long and hard about what effect inherited money will have on a child and on those close to her.
One way that identity thieves find victims is by looking through obituaries. When writing your loved one’s obituary, try to avoid information that might be useful to identity thieves such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, or the decedent’s address. Think about what information someone would need to open a bank account and avoid including that in the obituary.
Linda Strohschein, your local Certified Elder Law Attorney, will meet with you to create strategy and offer resources to avoid problems that drag out your estate administration and cost money and create headaches for your heirs. Call us today at 630-377-3241
Linda Strohschein says, “Failing to plan, is a plan to fail.” Planning ahead through the use of a Trust can be complicated, but the time and effort to do them right are more than worth it. With proper planning, you will be confident that you’ve taken the best steps possible to protect what matters the most – your loved ones and your family’s financial security. Call Strohschein Law Group today, 630-377-3241
Often items of little monetary value have great emotional significance. This can make distribution difficult when more than one person feels attached to a particular item. The process can also become the venue for playing out old family insecurities and grievances. Everyone may revert to the relationships they had as teenagers.
Dealing with creditor claims can be complicated. If you make mistakes as executor, it can lead to you being personally liable. It is important to get an attorney like Linda Strohschein. Linda, along with Strohschein Law Group’s associate attorneys help families everyday to ensure estate administration is a process and not a hassle. Call us today at 630-377-3241.