Should Inherited Money Be Equally Split Between Family Members

Benjamin Long Inheritance, Probate

“When you’re planning to divide your estate unequally, explain the reasons to your heirs, and remember: They might be hurt anyway.” Leaving an equal amount …

What Is the Primary Purpose of a Credit Shelter Trust?

Benjamin Long Assets, Estate Planning Attorney, Probate

“A credit shelter trust is used to help married couples with significant assets pass their estates after their deaths to children or other beneficiaries without …

What Happens to Debt When You Die?

Benjamin Long Debt, Estate Planning Attorney, Probate

“Creditors typically try to collect on unpaid debt, by going after the decedent’s estate during a process called probate.” When a person dies, it’s not …

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 …

There Is a Difference Between Probate and Trust Administration

Benjamin Long Beneficiaries, Estate Planning Attorney, Probate, Trusts

“Probate and trust administration are not the same. There are important differences and similarities between administering a decedent’s probate estate and administering a decedent’s trust …

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, …

Still Procrastinating About Your Estate Plan?

Benjamin Long Executor, Guardians, Healthcare, Power of Attorney, Probate, Trusts

“Without an estate plan in place, clients will be reliant on state laws and probate courts to appoint individuals who will be responsible for financial …

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 …

Can Mom Leave a Home to a Daughter but Not Grandchildren?

Benjamin Long Estate Planning Attorney, Probate, Trusts, Wills

“If you want a legal plan that avoids probate court, there are two options: first, an enhanced life estate deed, and second a living trust. …

Protecting a Digital Legacy

Benjamin Long Digital Assets, Estate Planning Attorney, Probate, Wills

“The world exists just as much online, as it does offline. Failing to recognize that when planning for the end of life, can lead to …