How do I know if an attorney is knowledgeable in estate planning?
An estate planning attorney should be able to have a very in-depth conversation about estate planning when you call him/her. This includes knowing about the various documents that are included in an estate plan (trust, pour over will, durable powers of attorney for finance, health care, HIPPA, schedules, and guardianship), probate protection, tax planning measures, and asset protection opportunities. Please be advised that asset protection is MUCH MORE than simply creating
Should I divide my assets when filing a divorce?
Sometimes to expedite a divorce process, couples will say that they will divide their assets at a later time. We do not advise doing this because many times, if you wait to divide your assets, the assets will accrue in value. For example, if you own a home that is worth $500,000 in 2007 in 2018 that same house could be worth over $1 Million. If you had waited to divide your house until 2018, the amount of equity that you would have to pay your spouse has now increased from