Like many people, one of your primary estate planning goals will probably be to ensure that you leave behind sufficient assets that your loved ones are well cared for when you are gone. You may also wish, however, to have some continued influence over your loved ones, even in your absence. An Indianapolis trust attorney at Frank & Kraft explains how an incentive trust might be able to help you to retain a certain amount of influence over the beneficiaries of your trust. Understanding … [Read more...] about How Might an Incentive Trust Fit into Your Estate Plan?
Wills and Trusts
Steps to Take When Creating Your Will
For most people, estate planning begins with creating and executing a Last Will and Testament. While that sounds simple enough in the abstract, over half of all Americans do not have even a basic Will in place. One of the most common reasons people give for not having a Will is that they are unsure of where or how to begin. The best way to ensure that your Will accurately reflects your wishes and can withstand any challenges that might be raised during the probate process, is to work … [Read more...] about Steps to Take When Creating Your Will
Guidelines for an Executor of an Estate in Indiana
Almost one-half of American adults do not have so much as a basic Last Will and Testament in place. In the absence of a Will, the state intestate succession laws decide who will get all of your assets when you pass. For this reason alone, executing a Will should be a top priority. When you create your Will, you will be required to appoint an Executor. After you pass, your Executor will oversee the probate of your estate. Executors play a vital role in ensuring that your property transfers … [Read more...] about Guidelines for an Executor of an Estate in Indiana
Wills and Trusts General Information
You will likely use a simple Last Will and Testament as the foundation for your initial estate plan. Over the course of your lifetime though, your estate and your family may grow, calling for additional estate planning strategies and tools to address that growth. For many people, adding a trust is the next step. You may even decide to rely on that trust as your primary vehicle for the distribution of your estate assets. To help you learn more about both, an Indianapolis estate planning attorney … [Read more...] about Wills and Trusts General Information
What’s Wrong with Using a Do-it-Yourself Will Form?
Before you decide to use a Do-It-Yourself form to create your Last Will and Testament, you should understand who may pay the price for that decision. To help you better understand, a Carmel estate planning attorney at Frank & Kraft explains what’s wrong with using a Do-it-Yourself Will form. The Price Your Loved Ones Pay In today’s electronic age, where everything can be found on the internet, it may seem easier to simply download a Last Will and Testament form and fill in the blanks … [Read more...] about What’s Wrong with Using a Do-it-Yourself Will Form?
What Are the Powers of the Executor of the Will?
Probate is a legal process that the average person knows very little about unless they have been through the process following the death of a loved one. If the decedent left behind a Last Will and Testament, the person in charge of overseeing the probate of the estate is the person named as Executor in that Will. If you find yourself named as the Executor of an estate, you may wonder what powers you have. To help you better understand what you can, and cannot do, a Carmel probate attorney at … [Read more...] about What Are the Powers of the Executor of the Will?
What Type of Will Is Best for Me?
You undoubtedly know that a Last Will and Testament serves as the foundation for most estate plans. What you may not know, however, is that not all Wills are created equal. In fact, there are several different types of Wills from which to choose when creating your estate plan. The Indianapolis estate planning lawyers at Frank & Kraft offer a brief explanation of the various types of Wills to help you decide which type of Will is right for you. Simple Will -- a Simple Will is what you … [Read more...] about What Type of Will Is Best for Me?
Top 3 Uses for a Revocable Trust
Originally, trusts were used almost exclusively by wealthy families to protect that wealth and pass it down to future generations. As trusts evolved, however, they became more “user-friendly.” Today, there is a specialized trust to meet almost any estate planning goal which is why trusts are so frequently found in the average estate plan. If you are considering the addition of a trust to your estate plan, it helps to learn all you can about how a trust might fit into your overall plan. Toward … [Read more...] about Top 3 Uses for a Revocable Trust
Strange Provisions People Included in Their Wills
Most people consider their Last Will and Testament to be a serious document that reflects their wishes for the distribution of their estate assets after they are gone. Occasionally, however, a Testator uses his/her Will to make a statement or to make a point. Such was the case in the following Wills that will undoubtedly be remembered not just by the beneficiaries and heirs of the estates, but by anyone who reads the provisions included in them. A Dog Really Is Man’s Best Friend In 2004, … [Read more...] about Strange Provisions People Included in Their Wills
What Happens If a Trustee Is Unable to Serve?
Although every estate plan is as unique as the person who creates the plan, there are some common tools and strategies found in the average plan. One of those is a trust agreement. If you elect to incorporate a trust into your estate plan, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is deciding who to appoint as your Trustee. What happens though, if that Trustee is unable, or unwilling, to serve? A Carmel trust administration attorney explains what happens if your designated … [Read more...] about What Happens If a Trustee Is Unable to Serve?