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Organize for optimal estate planning: a checklist

Curious about what it would involve to get your information organized to complete your estate plan? It takes one folder, some time, and a little patience. In this case, time is money.

The extra time you spend bringing together necessary information into one folder, the more money your surviving spouse or heirs will save and recover from your estate. Here are some categories of information to include in your estate information.

No seven-year itch for couples in NY

The so-called psychological phenomenon the “seven-year itch” suggests happiness fades after seven years of marriage. To be able to suffer from the dreaded “seven-year itch” you need to be married first. Although in other states, seven years is enough for a partnership to be recognized as a common law marriage, in New York, it is not. Only about a dozen states consider common law marriages valid. Couples may avoid formalizing their marriages for many reasons, but common-law marriages are as real and legally binding as taking a walk down the aisle.

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Why a living trust might be the genius thing to do

There comes a time for everyone--maybe when you're in your forties or fifties--when you need to begin planning for the just-in-case moments of life. John F. Kennedy said in a State of the Union address that, "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." You don't want to wait until you're incapacitated or disabled--in other words, you want to be smart about it.

What is a living trust?

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Building an intelligent estate plan starts with understanding what is available to you.

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