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9 don'ts if you do want to protect your wishes and assets

Having a will in place is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family. A will can effectively define your wishes, establish contingency plans and direct others on what to do, especially when it is coupled with other estate planning tools like trusts and powers of attorney.

Why you should make 2017 "The Year of the Estate Plan"

It could be at the top of your New Year's resolution list...or near the bottom, if you're dreading it. "Finally write a will" or "start future planning--will, trust, whatever" might appear on your list every year, without your doing anything about it. That's perfectly normal. Most of us don't relish the idea of setting down our final wishes, even if we've thought about them.

Report provides insight into the high cost of caregiving

A recently released study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) gives a never-before-seen glimpse into the hardships faced by countless unpaid caregivers across the country. Perhaps the most telling aspect is the huge financial commitment that people take on when they agree to provide care for an ailing or aging loved one.

No end in sight for long dispute over remains, eternity

When he died, famed attorney John O'Quinn was described by the Los Angeles Times as flamboyant and wildly successful in the courtroom and negotiations. He made millions for himself as he pulled in billions in settlements and verdicts for his clients in cases against tobacco companies, diet drug makers and breast implant manufacturers.

Purple haze envelopes Prince estate

His sprawling genius took elements of funk, rock and pop music and reimagined them, creating dazzling hybrids that captivated audiences for decades. When he died earlier this year, Prince left a breathtaking musical legacy for future generations to enjoy.The artist also left behind an enormous estate, but no will or trusts with which to divide those valuable assets to heirs of his choosing. Because Prince chose, for whatever reason, not to do even routine estate planning, months of wrangling between presumptive heirs has ensued, with the promise of more of the same in months ahead.

Blended families have unique estate planning concerns

Many of us have heard that the divorce rate for first-time marriages hovers at around 50 percent. While there are fluctuations, peaks and valleys in the number of divorces from year to year, this sobering statistic is essentially true. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher, with as many as 75 percent of all third (or higher) marriages ending.

Tragic reminder of the importance of estate planning

Because Torrance is so close to Los Angeles, we get to enjoy with our neighbors the highs and lows of the Dodgers and Angels. One of the recent low points was the news of the passing of pitcher Jose Fernandez. The 24-year-old Miami Marlins star known for his skill and joyful approach to the game died recently in a boating accident.A recent column by a financial advisor noted that Fernandez's death reminds us all that "nothing in life is promised." He wrote, too, that the tragedy is also a reminder that it is crucial to have an updated estate plan that will protect you, and most importantly, protect your family.

Why you might need to take a second look at your estate plan

Did it take you some time before setting up an estate plan? If you breathed a sigh of relief after completing all the documents, you may not want to hear that you need to give it a review. But life happens and occasional changes must be made.

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