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Can a Guardian Make an Estate Plan for a Ward?

A guardian of a legally incapacitated adult can do a lot of things for him or her: pay and collect debts, file lawsuits on the ward’s behalf, make investments, manage real estate, and more. But can a guardian make an estate plan for a ward?  I… Read More

Assisted Suicide Bills Pending in Many States

The Maine Legislature voted this week to legalize assisted suicide. The measure passed by a one-vote margin, and, at this writing, sits on the governor’s desk awaiting signature. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally-ill patients wit… Read More

Electronic Wills in Ohio

A last will and testament is an important document; among other things, it dictates the distribution of a deceased person’s property to his or her intended beneficiaries. As such, it is important to be sure that a document appearing to be a val… Read More

Estate Planning for Cryptocurrencies

Estate planning, like most aspects of life, changes over time. One of the most striking recent changes is the need to plan for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which did not exist a little more than a decade ago. Yet because of the potential value of t… Read More

Should You Keep Your Will at Your Lawyer's Office?

Most people understand the importance of making an estate plan: to provide for the future security of your loved ones and distribute your possessions according to your wishes after your death. But many people fail to consider the importance of detail… Read More

Why You Don't Need to Be Afraid of Irrevocable Trusts in Estate Tax and Asset Protection Planning

You probably know that trusts can be a great tool for avoiding probate, minimizing estate tax, and protecting assets. What you may not know is which type of trust is best for your purposes. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at irrevocable gr… Read More

Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families

Long gone are the days when most families looked the same: mom, dad, and kids who are the biological children of both adults. This nuclear family still exists, of course, but there are so many other forms of family: families with same sex parents; un… Read More

Using Legacy Trusts for Prenuptial Planning

About half of marriages end in divorce, and second marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. What this means is that approximately half of all families are confronted with a situation in which assets need to be divided between… Read More

What is a Secret Trust?

People create trusts for a variety of reasons: to remove assets from their probate estate; to reduce the size of their taxable estate; to provide for loved ones; and to protect those loved ones’ assets from waste. Often, which goal takes priori… Read More

Estate Planning When Your Beneficiary is an Addict

Estate planning should always take into account not only the wealth to be transferred from one generation to another, but the unique issues of each family for whom a plan is being created. Unfortunately, those issues may increasingly include the dile… Read More

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My husband and I first became acquainted with the Gudorf Law Group in late 2008. We had been working on estate plans for some time with our life insurance agent and his associated financial planner, but we had some questions that were outside their a… Read More
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