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What Happens to Your Property if You Don’t Have a Will?

Having a last will and testament in place ensures your property will be distributed in accordance with your wishes when you pass away. However, you might be wondering what happens to property when there is no will. In cases where a person did not leave behind a will or any estate planning documents, state law will dictate the outcome. How Does Prop… Read More
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What is Trust Administration?

A trust is a crucial estate planning tool that can help ensure your assets are protected and passed to a beneficiary of your choice. While creating a trust can help to avoid probate and ensure your property is distributed in accordance with your wishes, it’s important to understand that there are a number of steps that are associated with managin… Read More
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Estate Planning After a Divorce

A divorce changes many aspects of your life — including those involving your finances and estate planning matters. While it might be the last thing on your mind as you move forward into the new chapter in your life, it’s vital to assess matters concerning estate planning after a divorce. Whether you have an estate plan in place or not, it’s c… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Estate Planning
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When Should You Start Estate Planning?

It’s never too soon to start planning your estate. Although no one wants to think about it, the unexpected can happen at any time and it’s important to have a plan in place that protects your loved ones — and gives you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out. Significantly, a comprehensive estate plan shouldn’t only consist of a… Read More
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How to Prepare for an Estate Planning Meeting

The process of estate planning can sometimes feel overwhelming, and you might not be sure what to expect when you consult with your attorney for the first time. As the date for your meeting approaches, it’s important to prepare in advance so you can get the most out of it. Although your attorney may ask you questions that you might never have tho… Read More
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A Guide to Oregon Prenuptial Agreements

Most people are familiar with prenuptial agreements. Commonly referred to as “prenups,” many might think that these contracts are only for celebrities and the ultra-wealthy. However, this is not correct — a prenuptial agreement is a crucial legal tool that can be used by anyone who wishes to have control over their assets and property in the… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Estate Planning
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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

If you’ve been considering planning your estate, you may be wondering whether a will or trust is right for your specific situation. Wills and trusts are two types of estate planning tools that can be used individually or together, as part of a comprehensive estate plan. What is the difference between a will and a trust, though? While the obje… Read More
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What Happens if You Die Without a Will

If you die without a will, it is referred to as dying “intestate.” When this happens, assets will be distributed based on Oregon intestacy laws. This means that the courts will decide what will happen to your property, as well as who will supervise the distribution of your assets. Because there is no guarantee that the state’s laws will coinc… Read More
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Requirements for Creating a Will in Oregon

A will is a written set of instructions that explains how you want your property distributed after your death. Creating a will allows you to decide who will manage your money and other property after you die and how it will be distributed. It also communicates your wishes about the care of your children, if they are minors or are disabled. Another… Read More
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Estate Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

The outbreak of COVID-19 has left many of us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Some Oregonians may have found themselves contemplating their own mortality. You may also be concerned about the well-being of an elderly or vulnerable loved one. Considering your estate planning needs and goals can give you peace of mind during these uncertain times. Fr… Read More
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