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How do I help my parents create an estate plan?

Millions of Americans' parents do not have a solid plan for how they want to live out their retirement years, or what to do with their estate when they pass. This is a dangerous place for everyone involved, but it doesn't have to stay that way. Regardless of the state of your parents' affairs, you can help them assemble a responsible, forward-looking estate plan that puts them first while taking pressure off of you. If you are going to help your parents get their affairs in order, you'll want to know the state of a few different things.

What is the RLUIPA?

Zoning conflicts can come in many shapes and sizes, from whether or not a developer is allowed to build certain kind of home in a specific location to what kinds of businesses are allowed to operate in a given space, and many more. One area that has produced many conflicts over the last decade or so is the implementation of the The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

Why might I change my will?

It is common knowledge that everyone should have a will, but just having a will is not always enough to ensure that your wishes are known and executed when you pass away. Regular will maintenance that's reflective of important life changes is an important component of any plan for handling your affairs if you become incapacitated or after your death.

Pay if Paid and Pay When Paid Clauses

As a contractor, you are understandably concerned with being paid for your work and receiving this payment in a timely manner. Because of this, you should be aware of pay if paid or pay when paid clauses in your construction contracts. This language allows general contractors to shift the risk of non-payment by the client to you, the subcontractor.

Reasons you may be able to back out of a purchase

If your offer on a home is accepted, you typically are locked in and you have to buy the home. The reasoning here is that the seller will take it off of the market or turn other buyers away, so if you then walk, you have cost the seller other potential sales. They'll hold the house for you with an accepted offer, and you have to repay that kindness by actually buying the house.

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