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3 tips for talking about your estate plan during the holidays

As the holidays approach, there are several opportunities for you to talk to your family about your estate plan. You may be thinking about how uncomfortable this may be, but discussing how you plan to distribute your assets after your death is never exactly a comfortable experience no matter the setting. 

Do not let the holiday season pass by without at least considering a discussion about your estate plan. This could be one of the few times you are all together. Here is how to approach this opportunity. 

What happens if I do not make a will in Wisconsin?

Planning your estate in advance is essential towards ensuring your wishes are carried out. If you do not leave distinct dispositions that may include instruments such as a will or a trust, Wisconsin law steps in with its own provisions for distributing your property.

Some people think they have a valid will. However, a will that fails to comply with technical requirements or that succumbs to a challenge in probate court will not be enforced. In the absence of a valid will, intestacy provisions will apply.

3 reasons to hire an attorney after a car accident

Getting in an auto accident raises a whole series of questions. Whose fault was it? How will my medical bills get paid? Can I get reimbursed for lost income? When should I contact an attorney, if at all? These questions and more are likely swirling in your mind and you need some answers, fast.

The time following a car collision can be full of confusion. Here are three reasons why you should call an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

A co-parenting plan helps children adjust to life after divorce

Breaking up a family is a difficult and painful undertaking. There are many hurdles to overcome, but the children's welfare must be a primary consideration for divorcing parents. Children will react to the new circumstances differently, depending on their age. They must be assured that they are more important to you than whatever it was that ended your marriage, and that your love for them will endure, no matter what. However, the prospect of dealing with two homes and a visitation schedule are going to require a good deal of adjustment. Developing a co-parenting plan will help to ease the transition.

Retirement plans and divorce

When you hear of a divorce in the works, your first thought might be that it is a young couple. However, many middle-aged and older couples decide to end their marriages. In terms of assets, an ex-spouse may be entitled to a portion of the funds from the other party's retirement account. Consequently, the disposition of retirement plans may be a major consideration in the divorce settlement.


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