Blog

The Key Differences Between Wills and Trusts

The Key Differences Between Wills and Trusts When discussing estate planning, a will is what most people think of first. Indeed, wills have been the most popular method for passing on assets to heirs for hundreds of years. But wills aren’t your only option. And if you rely on a will alone to pass on [..]

Read More

Debt After Death, Information Families Need

The poverty rate among seniors is rising, giving rise to the question of whether or not it is possible to inherit debt.   In general, when a loved one passes, his or her debts fall to the estate to be paid.  However, there are situations where debt is shared. For example, jointly owned credit cards [..]

Read More

Life Changes that Require an Update to Your Estate Plan

Life Changes that Require an Update to Your Estate Plan Even if you do not have an estate plan that you’ve created, the State has one for you. And it’s likely one you won’t like. It may be time for you to review the plan the State has for you and make more informed, empowered [..]

Read More

A Parent Becomes Incapacitated – About Guardianships

A Parent Becomes Incapacitated – What You Should Know About Guardianship When a parent becomes incapacitated, whether through illness, injury, or other means, anyone could require a guardian to become appointed if they become mentally incapacitated. In such cases, if there is no estate planning in place (or insufficient planning) to keep family or other loved [..]

Read More

Die without a Will, What Happens?

What Happens if You Die Without a Will? Most people know they need a will. And many of them fully intend on writing a will … someday. But life is busy and the will keeps getting put off. Eventually, someday becomes never. In fact, nearly half of American adults will die without a will in [..]

Read More

Estate Planning for Parents is Essential

Guardians for Children A comprehensive estate plan can protect the things that matter most. For many, this means their property and their family, including children. In fact, planning for who will care for your children is one of the most essential pieces of estate planning for parents.  Including provisions for the care of your children [..]

Read More

DHS Will Increase Premium Processing Fees as of October 1, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule in today’s Federal Register which increases the premium processing filing fee by 14.92%. This changes the current fee of $1,225.00 to $1,410. This new fee will begin to take effect on October 1, 2018 and any applications or petitions postmarked to the USCIS on or after [..]

Read More

USCIS on Social Media

Did you know that the USCIS has a strong presence on social media? In an effort to stay connected with the public, the USCIS has been active in maintaining useful news, blogs, and YouTube videos. Here are convenient links to their social media: USCIS on Facebook Official Facebook page of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [..]

Read More