Elder Financial Abuse Increases With Social Isolation

Benjamin Long Elder Financial Abuse, Estate Planning

“The unprecedented quarantines to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus have made many seniors more vulnerable to financial exploitation.” Social isolation, whether because …

How Does Probate Work?

Benjamin Long Estate Planning, Wills

“There is a general understanding that every adult should have a last will and testament. However, for most people, exactly how that will is used …

Two Words Could Undo Your Entire Estate Plan

Benjamin Long Beneficiaries, Estate Planning, Inheritance

“’Per stirpes’ vs. ‘per capita.’ Making the wrong choice could cause an estate planning disaster.” No one relishes the idea of planning for their own …

Can I Be Sure My Estate Plan Works?

Benjamin Long Estate Planning, Estate Planning Attorney, Executor, Trusts

“Your estate plan is much more likely to be successful, when you recognize and avoid the most common mistakes and take some key actions that …

Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan

Benjamin Long Advanced Directive, Estate Planning, Guardians, Probate, Trusts, Wills

“If you think of estate planning as something only ultra-wealthy people need to do, you’re not alone. That’s a common misconception.” Financial planners know that …

Can I Disinherit Anyone I Want?

Benjamin Long Disinheritance, Estate Planning, Inheritance

“So, you’ve decided that a family member won’t be getting an inheritance, after all. Maybe you have an ungrateful or irresponsible family member you want …

What Happens if Power of Attorney Documents Are Rejected?

Benjamin Long Estate Planning, Power of Attorney

“The possibility that a power of attorney might be rejected may be one reason not to simply pull a form off the internet and hope …

Appeals Court Rules in Will Dispute Between Ex-wife and Brother

Benjamin Long Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate

“Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided the case of Trowbridge v. Estate of Trowbridge. The case involved a man, Everett, who, despite their divorce, …

Picasso’s Sole Heir Continues To Sell Artwork

Benjamin Long Estate Planning, Inheritance

“When the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died of a heart attack on April 8, 1973, he left behind not only a huge artistic oeuvre of …

Five Top Reasons To Add Beneficiaries to Investment Accounts

Benjamin Long Beneficiaries, Estate Planning, Inheritance, IRA, Probate

“Losing a loved one isn’t just an emotional burden—it also carries an administrative load. There are flower arrangements to pick, eulogies to write and a …