Ask Heidi : What are the Steps for Probate Once a Loved One Passes?

When a loved one passes away, the circumstances are emotional and stressful for anyone. The last thing on your mind is the practical and legal steps that must take place during this time. I tell everyone that you should take a breath, take care of putting your loved one to rest, grieve, spend time with. . .

Red Flags to Look for When Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate Planning is not black and white or an easy area of law to navigate by yourself without legal counsel. Estate Planning is an area of the law that can have everlasting (and devastating) effects on you and your loved one’s future. As with any legal matter, it is essential to remember to choose a. . .

Strangest Estate Planning Requests

Creating a Will allows us to control the nature of our property as well as fulfill some last wishes. But what if those wishes are very strange? You would not be the first!  A surprising unusual estate planning request comes from William Shakespeare.  Shakespeare all but excluded his wife, Anne Hathaway, from his Will instead. . .

What is a Living Will?

In the event you become both mentally and physically incapacitated and can no longer make end-of-life choices yourself, a properly drafted Living Will (also called an Advance Directive) states your wishes and a plan of action regarding medical treatment and life-sustaining measures. A Living Will is a document which states whether or not you want. . .

It Take A Village: Hiring For Your Small Business

When you start a small business, it seems lofty to think that one day you will need to hire people to help you run it.  Here is a couple of ways to see if hiring someone or using a freelance for their services makes sense for your business: You don’t know how to do it.. . .

Ask Heidi: “I am not rich..Do I need a Last Will and Testament?”

  This question gets a resounding YES.  No matter what your financial status is, having a Will is necessary to give YOU the control of what happens to your family and your “stuff” in the event of your death and gives your appointee(s) a smooth process in order to effectuate your wishes. If you have. . .

Your Digital Afterlife

As we stress pretty often, Estate Planning is a part of adulting that everyone should take some time to address. While we are most familiar with the ins and outs of what this basic process looks like — deciding who and what and when should happen to your assets but have you ever thought about the. . .

As a Millennial, should I start planning now?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that estate planning isn’t a high priority for the typical adult in their 20’s or 30’s. One reason is that they usually have not accumulated the assets that people 10 or 20 years older may have. Also, because milestones, like getting married and having children, are coming a little. . .