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We The People's Guide to Estate Planning: A Do-It-Yourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust

We The People's Guide to Estate Planning: A Do-It-Yourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust

Ira Distenfield, Linda Distenfield, Bill Lockyer (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-471-73091-0

Apr 2005

320 pages

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We The People's Guide to Estate Planning makes planning for your future as painless as possible--all without the added hassle of hiring a lawyer. This practical, nuts-and-bolts guide covers all the basics of do-it-yourself estate planning, and covers everything you need to know about living trusts, wills, probate, and estate taxes. Extra resources--a glossary of estate planning terminology; a section on frequently asked questions; samples of effective living trusts and a last will and testament; as well as worksheets and essential information on how to settle an estate--make this the best resource available for this important step in planning for the future. You'll have all the information you need to understand the legal language of a will or living trust and learn how to seek state-specific laws and customs so you can tailor your plans accordingly. In addition, you can download sample documents from which you can create your own. Inside, you'll learn all the basics and more:
* Whether you need a living trust, a will, or both
* Creating a valid last will and testament
* Designating a successor trustee or executor to an estate
* Deciding who gets what--and making sure they do
* Setting up a living trust and funding it with assets
* Understanding durable power of attorney documents and living wills
* Tax-saving tips that help you leave more for your beneficiaries
* Getting to know (in plain English) the legal language of your will or living trust
* Where to download sample documents
* Settling an estate with or without a valid will or living trust

It's important to take care of the ones you love after you're gone. But if your estate planning isn't done clearly, precisely, and legally, you could end up creating more problems for your survivors than you solve. Do it right, do it inexpensively, and do it yourself--with We The People's Guide to Estate Planning.

Foreword Bill Lockyer vii

About the Authors ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: What Happens When Somebody Dies? 9

Chapter 2: Do I Need a Will? 25

Chapter 3: Do I Need a Living Trust? 49

Chapter 4: The Living Trust Up-Close 77

Chapter 5: Powers of Attorney, Successor Trustees, and Beneficiaries 107

Chapter 6: Taxes 147

Chapter 7: Settling the Estate 165

Chapter 8: Frequently Asked Questions 191

Chapter 9: Estate Planning Terms 209

Appendix A: Last Will and Testament Samples 219

Will Sample (Last Will and Testament of Gregory Brown) 220

Codicil Sample (Codicil to the Will of Debra Close) 222

Appendix B: Living Trust Samples and Additional Documents 223

Appendix C: List of We The People Stores 295

Index 301

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