What is Your New School Year Resolution?

Back to school season can be a bittersweet time -- on the one hand, it’s so hectic, it can seem impossible to fit anything else in. On the other, you finally have the kids back in school, returning to after school activities, and you regain a few pockets of time during the day that are in your control. My children are now grown, but I remember thinking of back to school season as a kind of second New Year. It’s an Read More

Incorporating IP into Your Estate Plan

As you prepare your estate plan, the most obvious assets that jump to mind are likely things like heirlooms, real estate, and bank accounts. However, you may be overlooking some of your most valuable assets. Your intellectual property has value, and it is just as important to include in an estate plan as any other asset you own. The copyrights, patents, and trademarks you own will continue to live on after you die, Read More

Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan During Your Divorce?

If you have recently gone through or are currently navigating a divorce, you may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and tired of meeting with lawyers. It seems like there is so much to do: separate assets, sell or move homes, negotiate a custody agreement, and settle daily living expenses. It is a lot, but there is one more thing that is often overlooked and is equally as important: updating or creating an estate Read More

“My Parents Probate Couldn’t Possibly Be That Bad” 5 Reasons You Could Be Wrong

Have you asked your parents about their estate plans? Chances are, it feels like a delicate subject. We don’t want to pry, or seem like we’re waiting for our parents to pass, so we don’t ask. We think, “It’ll be ok if they don’t have a plan. Probate couldn’t possibly be that bad.” In this way, we convince ourselves that the burden of probate is easier than having an uncomfortable conversation with our parents. It Read More

Does Your College Kid Have a Plan?

The end of the school year is drawing near, and high school seniors throughout the State of Maryland are starting to make a plan. They are choosing where they want to go to college, what classes they want to take, what dorms they want to occupy, what interests they want to pursue. But, have they thought about what it means to be going out on their own for the first time? Have you? In our hearts, our college kids Read More

Planning for Passing: There is End-of-Life Support Available

Death is never an easy subject. However, it is an important topic that touches each and every person. So why is it so hard to talk about? For many of us, death is not a part of our daily lives. In fact, we tend to go out of our ways to remove ourselves from death altogether. The result? This distance can build fear, anxiety, and a lot of mystery around the concept of dying. What is End-of-Life Planning? End-of-life Read More

5 Reasons You Need an Estate Plan Even If You Don’t Have Many Assets

Estate planning is not just for the ultra-wealthy - everybody needs one! Irrespective of your financial status and family dynamics, you will benefit by having an estate plan. An estate plan can not only protect your assets after you pass away but also during your lifetime in case something happens to you. Let's look at the reasons why you need an estate plan even if you don't have many assets.      Protection Read More

What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident

A car accident can occur anytime, causing serious injuries and damage to your car and other property. Most accidents are unforeseeable, and it is often up to you to maintain acceptable driving standards to prevent any unnecessary incidents. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen every once in a while, so it is important to know how to respond when that time comes. Here is a brief guide on what to do if you are involved in Read More

What Are the Child’s Best Interests, Anyway?

Child support and a child’s best interests go hand in hand. Today, child support decisions focus on a judge’s interpretation of the child’s best interests and financial information of both parents.  It is often frightening for parents to think that someone who knows very little about them (in the form of a judge) now has the power to decide an important part of their future and that of their children. However, while Read More

#1 Reason for Using a Revocable Living Trust

Clients often ask whether or not they need a Revocable Living Trust (RLT) or if a Will is sufficient for their estate planning needs. While there are several benefits to having an RLT, there is one primary factual reason to have an RLT beyond just the benefits it provides. That is, do you own real property in more than one state? This happens all the time here in Maryland when the client owns a home here Read More