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What is a Washington DC Life Insurance Trust?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In general, a trust is a financial entity you create in order to put money or assets aside to be managed, distributed, or invested by the person or entity overseeing the trust, known as the trustee. Individual or asset management companies can be a trustee. A life insurance trust is a trust that allows… Read More »

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What a Washington DC Estate Planning Attorney Can Do for You

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

No matter your situation, it’s important that you plan ahead and start thinking about preserving your legacy. Some people mistakenly assume that there is no need for an estate planning attorney if you have a small asset portfolio. In truth, some of the biggest disputes and issues can arise with smaller, seemingly non-complex estates…. Read More »

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Have you been asked to sign a durable power of attorney? How does a durable power of attorney differ from a standard power of attorney? It’s important to understand how these power of attorney documents differ. It’s recommended you speak with a Washington DC estate planning attorney prior to allowing someone else to act… Read More »

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Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are a same sex couple, married or not, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to estate planning. Because there may be nuances in laws in varying states, it’s important to speak with a Washington DC estate planning attorney who has experience handling estate planning for the LGBT community. In 2015, the… Read More »

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What to Know about Creating a Power of Attorney in Washington, DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When discussing your estate planning needs, one important document to consider is a power of attorney. This form gives someone else the legal authority to act on your behalf. He or she can make important decisions regarding your financial affairs, medical care, your business, and even other personal aspects about your life in the… Read More »

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What to Include in a Will

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Estate planning is something that many people don’t want to think about, but it’s important to ensure you have a will at a minimum. A will lets your loved ones know exactly what your wishes are regarding assets and property when you pass away. While a will won’t escape a probate hearing, it will… Read More »

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Common Questions about Wills in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Drafting a will can seem straightforward, but there are a number of factors to consider, and certain aspects you need to factor in to ensure your will stands up to probate when you pass away. While you can draft a will on your own, having a knowledgeable Washington DC estate planning attorney is beneficial… Read More »

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Why Use a Living Trust over a Will?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you’re figuring out estate planning, many people automatically default to thinking about having a will prepared. However, have you thought about a living trust? Do you know the differences and why a living trust may be a better alternative to a standard will? Without either, your estate would likely pass to your spouse… Read More »

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Overview of Small Estate Probate in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

For individuals who died after April 26, 2001, and whose assets didn’t exceed $40,000, a small estate probate proceeding is an alternative to standard probate. Opening a small estate proceeding allows the court to appoint a personal estate representative to settle claims and make a distribution of assets. These types of proceedings are typically… Read More »

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Understanding the Difference Between Wills and Trusts

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many people have heard the terms wills, living wills, living trusts, and irrevocable trusts, but what do they all mean and which one do you really need and/or want? These can be a bit confusing, and each has advantages and disadvantages, which is why it’s important to consult a qualified Washington DC probate and… Read More »

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