Estate Planning Basics

Overview

This book provides concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read information about the major components of estate planning – without going into endless detail about arcane options that apply only to the wealthy.  Topics include:

• choosing beneficiaries
• estate planning by parents with minor children
• wills
• living trusts
• avoiding probate
• trusts for people in second marriage, and
• planning for incapacity.

Best-selling Nolo author Denis Clifford uses plain English to ...

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Overview

This book provides concise, straightforward, and easy-to-read information about the major components of estate planning – without going into endless detail about arcane options that apply only to the wealthy.  Topics include:

• choosing beneficiaries
• estate planning by parents with minor children
• wills
• living trusts
• avoiding probate
• trusts for people in second marriage, and
• planning for incapacity.

Best-selling Nolo author Denis Clifford uses plain English to make these estate planning issues easy to understand, and he lets you know which tasks you can handle yourself, and when you’ll need a lawyer’s help.

 

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“Will be appreciated by those with modest estates who want a quick overview.”  Library Journal

“One of the simplest and best overviews of the estate-planning process.” The Wall Street Journal

“ A search of more than a dozen books in my reference library uncovered a mention of the stepped-up basis in all, but only Estate Planning Basics…makes it clear that the basis of inherited property is adjusted up or down.” Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413319255
  • Publisher: Nolo
  • Publication date: 8/30/2013
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 194,937
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Denis Clifford, a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review, is a lawyer who specializes in estate planning. He is the author of many Nolo titles including Quick and Legal Will BookMake Your Own Living Trust and Plan Your Estate and co-author of  A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. He has been interviewed by such major media as The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Money Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Your Estate Planning Legal Companion
1. A First Look at Estate Planning
2. Your Beneficiaries
3. Children
4. Planning for Incapacity: Medical Care and Finances
5. Wills
6. Living Trusts
7. Other Probate-Avoidance Methods
8. Retirement Plans as Estate Planning Devices
9. Estate Tax
10. Reducing Federal Estate Taxes
11. Property Control Trusts
12. Lawyers
13. Finalizing Your Estate Plan
Index

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