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Step One in passing down your home: Talk to the kids

When people are asked what the first step is to pass their home on to their children, they often think about the financial side. They assume that they need to find out what the home is worth in the current market or what the taxes will look like if they give the house to the kids.

Divorce means it's time to update your estate plan

When you decide to get divorced, it means that much of the estate plan you created with your former spouse no longer applies. Some things may still work -- leaving assets to your children, for instance -- but it is time to take a look at all of the documents and make sure they have been properly updated to reflect the fact that you are now single.

Tips for adding an art collection into your estate plan

If you are an art collector, odds are that your collection is one of the most valuable things that you own. Not only does it have a lot of sentimental value, but you have invested time and money into it. It could be worth more than your home. You absolutely need to make sure that you work it into your estate plan, along with your other assets.

Quick facts about Alzheimer's you should know

The unfortunate reality is that Alzheimer's is a serious issue for many elderly people who have to do their estate planning. Even years before they pass away, the disease can really take hold and cause their mental state to deteriorate. This matters for estate planning purposes because a person needs to have the mental capacity to make an estate plan to guarantee it will hold up in court.

There's a special trust if you're cryonically frozen

Do you think that being cryonically frozen sounds like something out of a science fiction movie? While it does feature prominently in such forms, it is also a very real procedure. You can have your body frozen when you pass away, with the idea that you can then be reincarnated at some later date.

Do you need to set up a will reading?

As you do your estate planning, you draft a will that leaves your assets to your heirs. Most of the money gets split up evenly, but you do set aside specific sentimental assets for certain individuals. You know how important it is for them to know exactly what you wanted them to have.

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