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October 2017 Archives

Are Online Wills Legal? The Frightening Truth ... Just in Time for Halloween

As an estate planning attorney, I see a lot of wills that were created online at various websites or using in fill in the blank forms. Despite a will likely being the most important financial planning document a person can have, it is astonishing how many people attempt to create their own wills without the assistance of a professional. While many view estate planning as a "morbid" or "haunting" experience, most of my clients would tell you that it is simple, necessary, and relatively painless.

A Short Guide to West Virginia Inheritance Tax

An inheritance tax is one method states use to tax the transfer of wealth. Not to be confused with an estate tax, which is payable from the estate of the deceased, an inheritance tax is paid by a person who inherits from the deceased. For anyone who has received or is anticipating an inheritance, following is a short guide to West Virginia inheritance tax.
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