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When Does the Fiduciary Duty Granted by a Power of Attorney Begin?

Under Illinois law, an individual holding a power of attorney is a fiduciary as a matter of law. The person designated as a power of attorney agent owes a fiduciary duty to the principal—the person making the designation.

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How to Keep the Family Vacation Home in the Family

Is it time you made a decision on the future of the wonderful getaway that everybody loves but only you maintain?

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Revocable Trust Agreement

When Should I Update My Estate Planning?

Has it been awhile since you reviewed your estate planning strategy? If so, it may require some updating, based on recent changes to laws impacting your tax and retirement planning.

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Is Your Estate Really as Set as You Think?

You’ve considered how you want your estate to be distributed after you die. Hopefully, you’ve even written a will to make sure your wishes will be followed. So, your estate is planned…right?

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What Is a ‘Survivorship’ Period?

Survivorship periods don’t usually surpass 60 days. If this period surpasses 120 days, it could put the tax-free estate transfer of assets to a surviving spouse at risk.

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Missouri Farm Lawyer

When will Social Security Stimulus Checks Arrive?

Coronavirus stimulus checks are currently being distributed, and millions of Americans are eagerly awaiting their payment. Depending on your income, you could receive up to $1,200 (or $2,400 for married couples filing jointly), plus an additional $500 for each dependent under the age of 17.

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Do I Need an Estate Plan with a New Child?

If you have children or are expecting one, you may also want to take the three big estate planning steps that we did.

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Ozarks Legacy Planning

What Should I know about a Financial Power of Attorney?

Has a loved one named you their financial power of attorney? Are you ready to take on all the responsibilities that entails? Hopefully, you won’t be called into action anytime soon, but with the coronavirus pandemic continuing, it’s something to think about.

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Which Takes Priority in a Conflict: a Will or a Trust?

A will and a living trust are both part of a comprehensive estate plan, that sometimes are inconsistent with one another. When there are conflicts, the trust takes precedence.

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Missouri Farm Lawyer

How Low-Interest Rates Create Estate Planning Opportunities

A more present sense of one’s own mortality may drive those who have not made plans before to begin the process of creating an estate plan. For those who have existing plans, are they up to date? How does the changing economic environment affect prior decisions?

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