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Why shouldn't you approach estate planning on your own?

A do-it-yourself spirit is admirable, and there are many projects where DIY planning and work can save you money and even time. Most experts agree that legal matters are not one of those projects. One woman wrote to Bankrate about resources for DIY estate planning. The Bankrate author responded that while there are many opportunities for educating yourself about estate matters online, going without any professional legal assistance might cost more in the end.

Special needs trusts serve a special purpose

When you are creating an estate plan, there are sometimes some special considerations that you must take into account. One of these special considerations occurs when you have a dependent who is mentally ill or disabled. Often, a special needs trust is used to ensure that the person with special needs is properly cared for after you pass away.

What are some types of trusts I should consider for my estate?

When you are creating an estate plan, there are numerous options that you have to convey your wishes. Generally, people will choose to use a will and trusts to get their assets distributed in accordance with their wishes. Understanding trusts can be complicated, but there are some basic points to consider.

A will isn't the place to leave some items to beneficiaries

When you are creating a will, you likely want the will to be as comprehensive as possible. That is a good idea, but you should know that there are some items that aren't appropriate to include in a will. Understanding this before you write out your will can help you to avoid wasting time and effort.

Privacy laws: Health care representatives might be affected

We have often discussed making plans for your medical care, such as appointing a health care power of attorney. It might shock some of our readers to know that there is some concern about how Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 affects the information that people who are listed on the health care power of attorney can receive.

Millennials: Find out now if your family has long-term care plans

If you're a young professional of the millennial generation, you've probably got a lot on your plate. High unemployment during the Great Recession, an average of $30,000 in student loans -- you've even redefined the American Dream as a life lived without debt.

What is an estate's residue?

There are many terms that you must know when working through estate administration or when drafting a will in New Jersey, from beneficiary to fiduciary. While these are more common, one you may not have heard as often is "residue." When it comes to a will or an estate, what is the residue?

Could the health care privacy law block your living will?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, was passed in part to protect patient privacy. Entities covered by HIPAA, such as healthcare providers and insurance companies, are generally prohibited from releasing personally identifiable health information to anyone unless the disclosure is necessary for treatment, to protect public health, or for certain other purposes considered critical.

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