Anyone with assets or personal belongings who wants to be sure they are passed on to intended loved ones, should have a will. Your failure to make a proper will not only will result in confusion at the time of your death, but may bring about legal complications that can cause your property to be distributed according to law and not according to your wishes.
This book, written by a lawyer in simple everyday language, explains the whys and hows of planning your estate and making a will. A guide to probate and paying state and federal death taxes is included.
- What is probate and how long does it last?
- Should you have a living trust?
- Will your estate have to pay death taxes?
- Who handles your affairs if you become incapacitated?
- How is property transferred at death?
- What happens if you leave no will?
- Can you disinherit a spouse or child?
- How do you revoke a will if you change your mind?
About the Author
Rees C. Johnson is a seasoned estate planning attorney with more than 25 years of experience. He frequently writes about and lectures on wills, trusts and probate as well as on gift and estate taxes. He is a member of the Oregon and Washington Bars, the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Oregon State Bar and the Estate Planning Council of Portland, Inc. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.