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DIY estate plans versus face-to-face legal consultations

In Wisconsin and across the United States, many people handle their estate planning via less expensive online legal services. Although drafting a will via a do-it-yourself website sounds like a good idea, this method can cause unexpected errors. For instance, the plan may contain typos or incorrect labels on the packages. Plus, some online estate plans may not include all of the essential documents. Even though online estate planning websites employ lawyers for legal advice, consumers cannot have personal consultations without paying exorbitant fees.

Do-over trusts may allow grantors to revamp old trusts

People in Wisconsin who have gotten ahead of the game and established trusts as part of their estate plans may sometimes have cause to regret it. Those who create an irrevocable dynasty trust, for example, when their children are young might later feel that they should have drafted the terms of the trust differently. The estate planning environment decades ago did not anticipate the specific social and economic changes that could operate to make trust terms counterproductive.

What art collectors should know about estate planning

Adequate estate planning is something that all Wisconsin individuals should have in mind, particularly those who have acquired significant wealth in their lifetimes. Scandalous estate litigation cases commonly reported by tabloid publications invariably involve celebrities from the world of entertainment and professional sports, but art collectors can be easily added to this list even though gossip magazines do not usually focus on them.

Using multiple trusts in an estate plan

When Wisconsin estate owners think about planning for the future, they may want to take advantage of the additional flexibility and control provided by trusts. Some may wonder if it's possible to create more than one trust to handle different parts of an estate. By creating a new trust, one won't revoke a previous trust unless the document explicitly seeks to address the original document. This is one aspect that differentiates trusts from wills.

Estate planning basics

Many people in Wisconsin are aware of the importance of estate planning. However, they tend to stop after creating a will. While a will is often a good start to a comprehensive estate plan, it is often not enough to address the personal, financial and family considerations that come up at the end of a person's life.

Powers of attorney generally terminate in three ways

Powers of attorney are an important part of many estate plans in Wisconsin. They can be designed to fit the needs of the client, but there are situations in which the person who executed the document will want to terminate it. Generally speaking, there are three ways a power of attorney terminates. The first is that it will terminate on the date specified in the document. Durable powers of attorney are often designed to last indefinitely, though, and many powers of attorney do not include termination dates.

Avoiding problems in estate plans

Wisconsin fans of comic book artist Stan Lee might be aware that there have been some issues surrounding his estate over the years. Earlier this year, he said that someone had stolen $1.4 million from his accounts. He also had a document notarized accusing his daughter of being emotionally abusive and trying to take advantage of him that he then took back. Furthermore, Lee had worked with a number of agents and managers over the years, and there may be multiple documents making different claims that will need to be sorted out.

Estate planning is always ongoing

Wisconsin residents may believe that thorough estate planning is nothing more than creating and executing their estate plan documents. While this may constitute the bulk of estate planning work, it isn't the end of the planning process. For instance, it may be necessary to review beneficiary designations on financial accounts from time to time to ensure that they still meet a person's needs. It is also important that they are designated properly.

Estate planning important for business continuity

Entrepreneurs in Wisconsin may draw an unexpected lesson from the passing of legendary musician Aretha Franklin. Reports on her death have noted that despite her $80 million estate and valuable music catalog, she died without a will or estate plan in place. Franklin is not alone in the pantheon of great musicians to pass away without a will. Prince died suddenly in 2016 at the age of 57, leaving behind a legendary catalog of music and a $300 million estate. Since he passed away without a will, his estate continues to be the subject of court proceedings and debates among his heirs.

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