Plan Your Estate


Straightforward, plain-English explanations of every significant estate-planning option available, all in easy to understand ...
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Straightforward, plain-English explanations of every significant estate-planning option available, all in easy to understand language.

Nolo's bestseller Plan Your Estate shows how to:

avoid probate
leave property through a will or trust
use life insurance to provide for your loved ones
name a guardian for children
leave property to a young person
plan for incapacity
implement strategies specific to business owners
reduce estate taxes 
make final arrangements
 The 12th edition is completely revised with the latest federal and state laws, including updated information about estate and gift taxes and how recent changes in the law affect estate planning for same-sex spouses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"" An excellent source of information on wills and estate planning. "" The New York Times

“Particularly helpful are a series of ‘profiles’ that illustrate how estate plans can benefit various individuals and families.” The Wall Street Journal

“A clear, comprehensive and even charming book.” The Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320183
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 4/25/2014
  • Edition description: Twelfth Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 112,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (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 coauthor 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

1. Selecting Your Estate Planning Goals
Part I: Setting Your Goals
Part II: Laying the Groundwork
Part III: Children
Part IV: Wills
Part V: Probate and How to Avoid It
Part VI: Understanding Estate and Gift Taxes
Part VII: Reducing or Eliminating Estate Taxes
Part VIII: Imposing Controls Over Property
Part IX: Taking Care of Personal Issues
Part X: Family Business Estate Planning
Part XI: Going Further
Part XII: Sample Estate Plans
2. Personal Concerns and Estate Planning
3. Special Property Ownership Rules for Married People
4. Inventorying Your Property
5. Your Beneficiaries
6. Children
7. Wills
8. Probate and Why You Want to Avoid It
9. Living Trusts
10. Joint Tenancy and Tenancy by the Entirety
11. Pay-on-Death Designations: Bank Accounts, Securities, Stocks and Bonds, and Motor Vehicles
12. Life Insurance
13. Retirement Benefits
14. State Law Exemptions From Normal Probate
15. Estate Taxes
16. Gifts and Taxes
17. An Overview of Ongoing Trusts
18. Estate Tax–Saving Bypass Trusts
19. Other Estate Tax–Saving Marital Trusts
20. Charitable Trusts
21. Other Estate Tax–Saving Trusts
22. Disclaimers: After-Death Estate Tax Planning
23. Combining Estate Tax–Saving Trusts
24. Property Control Trusts for Second or Subsequent Marriages
25. Trust and Other Devices for Imposing Controls Over Property
26. Incapacity: Making Medical and Financial Decisions
27. Body and Organ Donation, Funerals, and Burials
28. Family Business Estate Planning
29. Using Lawyers
30. After You Complete Your Estate Plan
31. After a Death Occur
32. Some Estate Plans
Appendix: State Inheritance Tax Rules
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