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

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 29, 2005 - Business & Economics - 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.
 

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Contents

A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 1 What Happens When Somebody Dies?
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 2 Do I Need a Will?
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 3 Do I Need a Living Trust?
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 4 The Living Trust UpClose
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 5 Powers of Attorney Successor Trustees and Beneficiaries
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 6 Taxes
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 7 Settling the Estate
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 8 Frequently Asked Questions
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Chapter 9 Estate Planning Terms
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Appendix A Last Will and Testament Samples
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Appendix B Living Trust Samples and Additional Documents
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust Appendix C We the People Store Addresses
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A DoItYourself Plan for Creating a Will and Living Trust INDEX
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IRA DISTENFIELD is a former senior vice president of a major New York stock exchange firm and the former president of the Los Angeles Port Authority. He is cofounder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of We The People.

LINDA DISTENFIELD is a former scheduling director for the mayor of Los Angeles. She is cofounder, President, and COO of We The People.

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