Wills and Trusts Kit For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Navigate probate, tax issues, and state laws

Create an estate plan and protect your family's interests

Need a will, but have no idea where to start? This friendly guide shows youhow to prepare a legal will or trust — either on your own or with professional help — and ensure that your wishes are honored. ...

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Wills and Trusts Kit For Dummies

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Overview

Navigate probate, tax issues, and state laws

Create an estate plan and protect your family's interests

Need a will, but have no idea where to start? This friendly guide shows youhow to prepare a legal will or trust — either on your own or with professional help — and ensure that your wishes are honored. You'll handle everything from planning your bequests and writing and signing a will to selecting a trust and drafting your durable power of attorney.

Discover how to:

  • Provide for your children
  • Hire and work with professionals
  • Minimize tax liabilities
  • Amend or revoke a will or trust
  • Avoid common estate planning mistakes

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470507711
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 457,282
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Aaron Larson is an attorney practicing law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and daughter. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Aaron started practice as a quintessential small town lawyer, providing legal services that included estate planning, probate, and guardianship services. He subsequently worked for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he developed professional education programs for lawyers in areas including estate planning, litigation, and family law. His present legal practice focuses on civil appeals. He operates the ExpertLaw Web site (expertlaw.com), offering free legal information and assistance to consumers, as well as resources for legal professionals.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started with Your Will or Trust.

Chapter 1: Ensuring That Your Last Wishes Are Honored.

Chapter 2: Making Crucial Decisions.

Chapter 3: Gathering Per tinent Information.

Chapter 4: Planning Your Bequests.

Chapter 5: Providing for Your Children and Dependents.

Chapter 6: Dipping into Your Pocket: The Tax Man (and Others).

Part II: Everything You Need to Know about Wills.

Chapter 7: Writing and Signing a Will.

Chapter 8: Navigating the Land Mines.

Chapter 9: When You Already Have a Will.

Chapter 10: Estate Administration: What Happens in Probate Court.

Part III: Trust Me! How Trusts Work.

Chapter 11: The Anatomy of a Trust.

Chapter 12: Dead or Alive: Picking Your Trust.

Chapter 13: When You Already Have a Trust.

Part IV: Carrying Out the Intent of Your Will and Trust.

Chapter 14: Planning for Your Incapacity.

Chapter 15: Those Cushy Retirement Funds.

Chapter 16: Life Insurance: Making Sure It Doesn’t Backfire.

Chapter 17: Your Castle: How It’s Owned Makes a Huge Difference.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Common Will Mistakes.

Chapter 19: Ten Reasons to Have a Trust.

Chapter 20: Ten Tax Traps to Avoid When Planning Your Estate.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: State Signing Requirements.

Appendix B: State Inheritance Taxes.

Appendix C: Estate Planning Questionnaire.

Appendix D: About the CD.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    Excellent Book, jam packed

    The wills and trusts business is loaded with "free" advice...but this book really covers the topic with PROFESSIONAL advice. As with all books in the DUMMIES series, this is a serious reference book with accurate stuff. The "kit" is a cd with templates for wills and trusts, which the reader will find very helpful. I'm a lawyer who doesn't practice in this area, and I found the book down to earth, simply written and helpful.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Read before dying

    -Realizing that 50% of the doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class, I needed something before a major operation. Since I never planned on dying, I never bothered to write out a will in the past. Happy I bought the book to guide my wife and me through the process. Saved bucks on a atty or on-line source. In retrospect, since I have little left but bills to pass on after the recession and medical fees - it may have been superfluous but comforting.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Get it Right the first time with Wills and Trust Kit for Dummies

    This book did exactly what I wanted. It gave me good information on amending my Revocable Trust including how to do it without needing a lawyer.

    It did not mention the Legal Zoom as a possibility but I came to the conclusion that that was an option, too.

    In reading other parts of the book on trusts in general, I discovered that my Estate Lawyer made mistakes or ommissions in my trust that have caused me grief that could have been avoided had I been able to read this "Dummies" book first.

    I would recommend reading this book first even if you plan to use an Estate Attorney instead of doing it yourself.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 29, 2009

    hmmm - productCode eb

    This won't work

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