What I Learned about Estate Planning while Hiking in the Mountains

Last month, I went on a trip with my daughter to the Salt Lake City, Utah.  Each day of our trip, we took time to step outside and enjoy a little bit of wilderness. On one such occasion, we decided to hike up Mill Creek Canyon. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. When we arrived at the trailhead, I made the mistake of looking up. The mountain looked high – and more than a little treacherous in Read More

Do You Need an Estate Plan if You are Single?

There is a common misconception that you don’t actually need an estate plan if you are unmarried or don’t have children. Although a spouse and young ones may seem like the primary reasons to create a plan, they are not. Estate planning is important whether or not you have a spouse or children. Sure, some parts of an estate plan may be less essential (like the guardianship provision in a Will), but the majority of a Read More

Create a Legacy that Represents Your Life

Everyone, regardless of age, status, material wealth, education, or notoriety, will leave a legacy behind. Even if we never think about our legacy, never take any actions to prepare for after our passing, each of us will still pass and leave our imprint on the world. Think about it: what if today was your last day on Earth? What kind of impression would you leave behind? How would you be remembered? Who would you be Read More

What Happens to Your Student Loans When You Die?

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know that student loans are bigger and more common than ever before. There is currently over $1.45 trillion in outstanding student loan debt in the United States, and 42 million Americans have some amount of student loan debt (the average borrower owes over $30,000). Despite student loans being incredibly common, there is still a lot student loan borrowers don’t know Read More

Spring is in the Air! There’s No Better Time to Clear Out Your To Do List

Spring is a time of renewal, new growth, and possibility. Although many of us experience a burst of energy as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, it often doesn’t last long. In just a few weeks, our lives will begin to bustle with summertime preparations and an ever-growing To Do list. So, how can we make the most of the calm before the storm? Clear out those lingering tasks that have been sitting on Read More

Your Digital Footprint: 5 Steps to Managing the Virtual Afterlife

1. Assessing Your Impact: What’s Included in Your Digital Footprint? You may not realize this, but throughout your lifetime, you have been making an imprint on the virtual world. When you pass, your digital footprint will remain behind. What’s included in your digital footprint? Personal correspondence (emails, text messages, etc.) File and documents (both on your devices and in the cloud) Read More

Hiring a Professional Pays

In the United States, the majority of individuals don’t have any estate planning documents in place. Why is that? For some, it is difficult and uncomfortable to confront their own mortality. For others, there is a perception that the estate planning process is expensive or only meant for people who are already “successful.” To address this phenomenon, there have been a wave of “budget” and “DIY” estate planning Read More

A Clear and Compassionate Plan Can Help Avoid Hurt

On March 4, 2019, America lost one of its favorite heartthrobs. Luke Perry (Coy Luther Perry, III) passed away after a tragic and unexpected illness. At the age of 52, he suffered a stroke, was hospitalized, and five days later, when it was clear he would not recover, his family made the decision to remove life support. In this devastating time, it seems that Luke Perry’s family was able to take swift and decisive Read More

Your Blended Family is Unique: Tailoring Estate Planning to Meet Your Needs

A blended family is one with children from more than one partnership. For many families, this may be a second marriage in which one or both partners have children from a previous relationship. In some blended families, the second marriage also results in children. Blended families are very common, but the default laws in Maryland likely do not reflect how you want to provide for your loved ones after you pass. This Read More

What Every New Parent Needs to Know About Estate Planning

As a parent and an estate planning attorney, I spend quite a lot of time thinking about how to protect my children and provide for their futures using estate planning tools. But, my children are grown. For new parents, I know that estate planning may be the furthest thing from your mind. As a parent (or grandparent!), there are a thousand things to worry about. Having children in your life creates responsibility, Read More