TuckerAllen Estate Planning Blog

The TuckerAllen Estate Planning Blog provides useful insights about wills, trusts, elder law, special needs planning, and more. If you have questions, or are ready to talk to one of our estate planning attorneys about your wishes for you or your family, please contact us.

A Signed and Sealed – But Not Delivered – Beneficiary Form Doesn’t Count

Naming beneficiaries is a simple estate planning tool, but it is critical to make sure it’s done right. Don’t make simple mistakes that could leave your loved ones out in the cold despite your good intentions. Read more…

Assets with Sentimental Value Require Extra Planning

When planning your estate, you’re likely focused on major assets, such as real estate, investments and retirement plans. But it’s also important to “sweat the small stuff” — your tangible personal property. Read more…

Naming a Trustee May Be One of the Most Important Decisions of Your Life

When it’s time to appoint a trustee, often the choice is between a person, such as a trusted friend or family member, or a financial institution. The final decision isn’t so easy. Read more…

A Divorce Necessitates an Estate Plan Review

A divorce is a life event which calls for an estate plan review and possible revisions. If alimony payments are part of a divorce agreement, be aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed alimony rules. Read more…

Make Health Care Decisions While You Are Healthy

Estate planning isn’t just about what happens to your assets after you die – it is also about having a plan for making critical medical decisions in the event you are unable to make them yourself. Read more…

Estate planning for single parents requires special considerations

Are you a single parent of minor children? Be sure your estate plan accounts for these specific circumstances. Read more…

Understanding Taxes and Trust Distributions

Understanding the tax implications of different types of trusts can be complicated, but it’s important to be aware of this aspect. Revocable and irrevocable trusts are taxed differently because of who maintains control over the assets. Read more…

It Isn’t Too Late to Keep This New Year’s Resolution

To truly make a difference in your life, consider making resolutions that will help ensure the financial security of your family. Read more…

Planning for Incapacity Is Essential

Estate planning is not just about writing wills and trusts – do not make the mistake of overlooking incapacity planning, which addresses what happens if you are unable to make medical decisions or handle your finances because of a medical condition. Read more…

Conservatorships vs. Powers of Attorney: Which Is Right for You?

You may need to manage the affairs of a loved one who no longer is able to make decisions. A power of attorney is a low-cost, straightforward way to do this, but your situation may require a conservatorship instead. Read more…


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