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Revisiting Your Will After a Life Event

2020-07-06T23:48:08+00:00

Whether it’s retirement, the birth of a grandchild, or the death of a loved one, any major life event should have you look at your will with fresh eyes. Oftentimes, people prepare their will, put it away, and never revisit the document. But life changes, and with each of these changes, you should revisit your will and testament.  Retirement and new priorities When you retire, you often gain perspective on your career and your future. It is not uncommon for people to enter retirement totally out-of-touch with their priorities when they were at the beginning of their careers. Revisiting your [...]

Revisiting Your Will After a Life Event2020-07-06T23:48:08+00:00

Important Life Events That Should Trigger an Update of Your Estate Plan

2020-06-29T22:36:08+00:00

Important Life Events That Should Trigger an Update of Your Estate Plan The timely creation and updating of estate planning documents is very important, as is the way you go about carrying it out. This is because estate planning is about a whole lot more than simply how your property will be distributed after you die. Estate planning is about dealing with major life events, living well with disabilities, how you will be cared for when you can’t care for yourself, ensuring appropriate care for your minor children, and even about what will happen to your pets after you pass [...]

Important Life Events That Should Trigger an Update of Your Estate Plan2020-06-29T22:36:08+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Four – We’re All Good!

2020-06-29T22:36:16+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Four - We're All Good! Hi there. Bridget Mackay, the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay here in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And this is the last in my series of four on the still existing myths about estate planning. And this last one is really important, like all the other three are. And it's basically that myth that once I have a plan in place, we're all good. Once you complete your estate plan, whether that's a Will or a Trust, you need to revisit it. [...]

Estate Planning Myths Part Four – We’re All Good!2020-06-29T22:36:16+00:00

Good Estate Planning Can Prevent Family Disputes and Probate Litigation

2020-06-29T22:36:25+00:00

Good Estate Planning Can Prevent Family Disputes and Probate Litigation Probate litigation is normally the culmination of things that have gone wrong with estate planning. No matter how costly an estate plan is, probate litigation makes estate planning look inexpensive. The truth is, when compared with the unpleasantries of probate litigation, estate planning feels like a walk in the park. Probate litigation is most often the result of a family dispute over the right to inherit from a loved one’s estate. In fact, all sorts of problems can surface in families when a loved one dies and it is unclear who is [...]

Good Estate Planning Can Prevent Family Disputes and Probate Litigation2020-06-29T22:36:25+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Three – Distributions

2020-06-29T22:36:32+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Three – Distributions Hi there. Bridget Mackay of the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay here in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. In this third series of video blogs on the four lasting myths about estate planning. I want to talk a little bit about the idea or the thought or the myth that is a will can oversee the distribution of all my assets. And, I would add to that, a trust. You think that you put a will or a trust in place and it's going [...]

Estate Planning Myths Part Three – Distributions2020-06-29T22:36:32+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Two – Don’t Wait!

2020-06-29T22:36:42+00:00

Estate Planning Myths Part Two – Don’t Wait! Hi there, Bridget Mackay at the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And, in this series of video blogs I'm talking about the four myths of estate planning that seem to be holding on strong in our society. The second myth I want to talk about is that estate planning is just to make plans for when you pass away. And the truth is, is as I said in my last blog, more prevalently today we are seeing [...]

Estate Planning Myths Part Two – Don’t Wait!2020-06-29T22:36:42+00:00

Five Important Things To Keep In Mind When Planning For Guardianship Of Your Children

2020-06-29T22:36:49+00:00

Five Important Things To Keep In Mind When Planning For Guardianship Of Your Children No parent wants to imagine a day when they will no longer be able to care for their minor children. Even when they do consider the possibility of this happening, they often have common misconceptions about how the process of establishing a guardianship works and what things should be considered.. Here are five very important things to keep in mind when planning the guardianship of your minor children: 1.  Don't Wait To Find The Right Person One of the most common reasons people fail to choose [...]

Five Important Things To Keep In Mind When Planning For Guardianship Of Your Children2020-06-29T22:36:49+00:00

Estate Planning Myths | Part One of Four

2020-06-29T22:36:55+00:00

Estate Planning Myths | Part One of Four Hi there. Bridget Mackay, the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We practice in the area of estate planning and elder law and these next series of blogs I'm going to do are on sort of the four myths about estate planning. One of the biggest ones I run across is you have to have a lot of money or things to make a trust or an estate plan. And that really is simply not true. Many people get trusts that aren't multimillionaires or billionaires because there are other [...]

Estate Planning Myths | Part One of Four2020-06-29T22:36:55+00:00

Use Your Estate Plan To Leave The Legacy You Want

2020-06-29T22:37:04+00:00

Use Your Estate Plan To Leave The Legacy You Want Hi everybody my name is Miranda Dressler and I'm the associate attorney with the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And, we practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. And today, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about leaving a legacy. And what I mean by legacy really is; how are you going to leave things for your kids and your grandkids? How are they going to remember you? The way that, you know traditionally in this country, estate planning has [...]

Use Your Estate Plan To Leave The Legacy You Want2020-06-29T22:37:04+00:00

Estate Planning – GoT Final Take Away

2020-06-29T22:37:11+00:00

Estate Planning – GoT Final Take Away Hi there, Bridget Mackay here with the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. We focus on estate planning and elder law and this is my final episode to go with the final episode of Game of Thrones around how the Game of Thrones series can inform our estate planning. So, any of you who have not seen the last episode or the last season for that matter. This is a spoiler alert so you may want to watch this video later. What struck me about the last episode among many [...]

Estate Planning – GoT Final Take Away2020-06-29T22:37:11+00:00