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Wills, Trusts, and Estates Archives

Introduction to Social Security and Estate Planning

Many consider a key component for retirement planning to be including Social Security in your estate plan, but navigating this federal benefit program can be challenging. This blog covers the basics of this federal government retirement benefit in one of a five-piece overview of benefits for seniors. The first blog covered how to identify and incorporate employment benefits into your estate plan. Here, the focus is on Social Security and estate planning, specifically how Social Security benefits fit into your overall retirement plan.

Overview of Benefits for Seniors: Including Employment Benefits in Your Estate Planning Strategy

Many people correctly think of benefits for seniors as including retirement accounts and Social Security benefits, but few carefully consider how to incorporate all available elder benefits into their retirement plans. This blog is the first in a series of five outlining basic types of elder benefits to consider in establishing a comprehensive retirement plan. The first blog covers the importance of including employment benefits in your estate planning.

Estate Planning Intake Form: Fill in the Blanks

Estate planning is one of the most valuable steps you can take to ensure your health care wishes are respected and your family is provided for in your absence. However, the thought of meeting with an estate planning attorney can be overwhelming. An estate planning intake form is designed to prepare you and help alleviate the stress associated with that first meeting.

GUN TRUST FAQs: ANSWERED BY AN EXPERIENCED WV GUN TRUST LAWYER

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution grants us the right to bear arms. It states as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." A WV gun trust lawyer can help you exercise this right for yourself and your heirs.

Let a Trust Lawyer in WV Help Complete Your Estate Plan

Many people in West Virginia (WV) and nationwide believe that having a simple will is all that is needed to prepare their estate. However, a simple will may not adequately cover the passing of all property and financial accounts to your heirs. You will want to work with a trust lawyer in WV to ensure you have a complete estate plan that includes not only a will but also any trust or other documents you need to effectuate your wishes.

DIY Wills...Do I Really Need a Will Attorney in WV?

With the convenience of the Internet, a lot of West Virginians try to save money or try new things through "do-it-yourself (DIY)" research. You can find DIY car repair, DIY arts and crafts projects, DIY home repairs, and nearly every other topic imaginable. But when it comes to estate planning, it usually best to leave that job to a will attorney in WV.

Need a Specific WV Power of Attorney Form?

When you need someone to handle a financial or legal matter for you, you don't have to give that person full authority or access to your information. Instead, if you live in West Virginia (WV), use a WV power of attorney form that is tailored to the situation. This allows you to get the job done without unnecessarily placing yourself or your assets at risk.

Is an Online Power of Attorney Form in WV Right for Me?

Many people know they need to have a power of attorney. Not wanting to pay a lawyer for drafting, they turn to the Internet to find a form document that will be legal where they live. Is this a safe strategy? This is a tricky question, and the answer depends on the law of the state where the person lives, although many general principles are common. To illustrate, let's consider these issues in the context of a West Virginian who has completed a power of attorney form in WV.

An Overview of West Virginia Power of Attorney Laws

Need help with West Virginia power of attorney laws? You've come to the right place. This blog is the first in a series of three dealing with powers of attorney in the Mountain State. In it, we'll give an overview of the most common powers of attorney. The remaining two blogs will address the legality of online power of attorney forms, as well as specific powers of attorney in West Virginia.

WV Living Will: Your Life, Your Decisions

Lawyers all over the country, as well as physicians, omnibus men and others in the legal and medical professions, spend a great deal of time trying to convince us all to have a "living will." Some of us understand what a living will is, while others have vague thoughts about the living will and what can be accomplished by creating a living will. But what is a WV living will and do you really need one?
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