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By PHILIP J. RUCE, J.D., LL.M., Estate Planning Attorney

Losing a loved one is an emotional experience. It’s not something we like to think about, but there are many things we can do to prepare for our family members’ care. One way to make sure the next generation is cared for is to leave a financial legacy. Consider, however, that not everyone will be mentally or emotionally prepared for the money you wish to leave them.

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Attorney Philip Ruce was quoted extensively in this article about the responsibilities parents have to get their estate plans in order.

“No one wants to contemplate their own mortality, but it’s an unfortunate fact of life. And not planning for your eventual demise by preparing a will, especially as a parent, can end up putting your loved ones in a bind. If you die without a will, it can lead to conflict amongst your surviving loved ones as they try and figure out how best to divide up your personal belongings and finances.”

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What is a Trust, anyway?

Join Attorney Philip J. Ruce in this ongoing video series as he briefly discusses frequently asked questions in estate and trust planning.

Today, Philip answers the question, “what is a trust, anyway?” Learn what makes a trust work and why someone might want to create a trust.

Join Attorney Philip J. Ruce in this ongoing video series as he briefly discusses frequently asked questions in estate and trust planning.

Today, Philip discusses how to make sure your personal property (such as the things in your home) go to the right people at the right time.

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