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Protecting your wealth should be done strategically

Those with a high assets may have more power to invest and build businesses that can propel their wealth even further, but as a high-asset individual, they also have more to lose. Therefore, it's even more important that they protect their wealth and their portfolio of assets both from the economic climate and from those who may want a piece of it. The following are some tips on how you can strategically protect your wealth.

What can cause a will to be invalidated?

Those who sit down and draft wills often do so because they want to dictate what happens with their assets once they pass on instead of letting Arizona's intestate succession laws do that for them. Wills, however, are not always as airtight as they may seem. Certain circumstances must be met for a will to be considered valid.

What do squatters’ rights mean for landowners?

It is unlawful for a person to enter a private property without explicit or implicit permission from the land or property owner. However, there are some rules that mean if a person commits the act of trespassing many times, or stays at a property or on a piece of land that they are trespassing on for an extended period of time, they have some rights to do so. This is known colloquially as "squatters' rights."

How to settle the debts of a family member after their death

The death of a family member or close friend is always a difficult thing to come to terms with. The emotional aspect alone is something that many suffer with, however on top of this emotional burden is also the practical matters associated with such an event. If the deceased loved one has debts that need to be settled, you may be confused as to how you should deal with this.

Wealth preservation and estate planning

When planning your estate, of course it is important to consider strategies and techniques to both preserve wealth and cut unnecessary administration costs. Taking full utilization of strategies and techniques can help preserve a vast amount of money further down the line.

Don't neglect your digital assets in your estate plan

Creating an effective estate plan in 2017 means making sure that you account for your digital assets as well as your other, more tangible assets. This means making sure that your executor and the administrator of your estate plan have access to your online accounts and have the authority to make decisions about them in accordance with your wishes.

Does my executor need assistance?

When you name an executor to your estate, you are shouldering an individual, or possibly several individuals, with a number of very serious responsibilities. No one should take the position of an executor lightly, and anyone creating an estate plan should provide reasonable resources and assistance to their executor to ensure that all the relevant duties can actually be carried out.

Should I pay my deceased family member's credit card debt?

Handling the estate of a loved one as an executor is a great privilege and responsibility, but that doesn't mean that it will be easy. The process can become exceptionally difficult if the estate in question has a significant amount of credit card debt. When it comes to credit card debt, the law actually provides survivors of a debtor some surprising options.

Owning real estate in multiple states requires extra planning

When planning your estate, there are number of elements that can provide a surprising amount of complexity. One common issue that arises when creating a comprehensive estate plan is the matter of owning real estate in more than one state. This can lead to a number of issues, especially if you have already established a will and other real estate when you purchase the property.

Am I the executor to a faulty will?

When serving as an executor for another individual's will, it is important to remember that a will may not be as enforceable as you or the testator would like. Several factors contribute to the unenforcibility of a will, and each requires a sober approach to handle correctly.

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