Estate Planning

Find newsworthy stories on estate planning—including poor estate planning, and issues and tips for last will and testaments, living wills and living trusts.

Jun 14, 2011

Estate planning is a complicated yet necessary part of organizing the last years of life for many individuals. While each legal document is important for determining the allocation of money and property, setting up a living will helps to remove the complications that exist when a loved one is on his or her deathbed.

"Living wills are often used when one wants to make a declaration for a desire for a natural death," an attorney told ENC Today.

Jun 10, 2011

A last will and testament is an important legal document that can deal with a significant amount of money. Individuals should make sure that the physical papers that contain the wishes of the deceased are in a secure location.

New Jersey Union County Surrogate James S.

Jun 1, 2011

Hospice services arose out of a movement that focuses on improving the quality of life rather than devoting all of the time towards curing conditions.

Jun 1, 2011

Setting up a living trust can help distribute individual wealth to an organization charged with taking care of an individual's assets. These assets are then divided into gifts of money that have specified recipients, often as charitable donations.

Jack Malcom had set up a living trust in order to help him distribute the remains of his estate, valued at over $1 million, to his favorite local organizations.

Jun 1, 2011

A last will and testament often acts as a final gift to loved ones of the deceased. Gifts and estates are allocated to individual family members or friends as a final goodbye. 

Wellington R. Burt, a king of the lumber trade who died 92 years ago, had delayed the majority of his estate payout until recently.