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The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

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The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

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A trust and estate lawyer to the stars offers an engaging look at how to avoid numerous estate planning mistakes

In The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes, author Herbert Nass, an estate planner for some of today's most famous celebrities, offers an entertaining look at what not to do when setting up an estate plan, or administering an estate. By examining the mistakes made by some of the most well-known celebrities-from Bob Marley to John F. Kennedy, Sr. and Jr.-this book will guide readers toward making a successful estate plan and help them avoid many common pitfalls. Chapters cover such topics as: mistakes involving tangible personal property, real estate, executors and trustees, minors, or persons with disabilities; as well as disgruntled family and friends left behind.

  • Puts estate planning in perspective through entertaining examples of mistakes celebrities have made in developing their own plans
  • Taps into the voyeuristic interest we have in the lives of the rich and famous
  • Offers an insider's look at many fascinating wills of the rich and famous

Given the emotional, financial, and legal issues that arise from the death of a loved one-and the substantial assets that are transferred from one generation to the next at this time-understanding estate planning is essential. This book will put you in a better position to make more informed estate planning decisions.

A trust and estate lawyer to the stars offers an engaging look at how to avoid numerous estate planning mistakes

In The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes, author Herbert Nass, an estate planner for some of today's most famous celebrities, offers an entertaining look at what not to do when setting up an estate plan, or administering an estate. By examining the mistakes made by some of the most well-known celebrities-from Bob Marley to John F. Kennedy, Sr. and Jr.-this book will guide readers toward making a successful estate plan and help them avoid many common pitfalls. Chapters cover such topics as: mistakes involving tangible personal property, real estate, executors and trustees, minors, or persons with disabilities; as well as disgruntled family and friends left behind.

  • Puts estate planning in perspective through entertaining examples of mistakes celebrities have made in developing their own plans
  • Taps into the voyeuristic interest we have in the lives of the rich and famous
  • Offers an insider's look at many fascinating wills of the rich and famous

Given the emotional, financial, and legal issues that arise from the death of a loved one-and the substantial assets that are transferred from one generation to the next at this time-understanding estate planning is essential. This book will put you in a better position to make more informed estate planning decisions.

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Table of Contents-
  • Preface.

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter 1 The Single Biggest Mistake – Not for the OneCertainty in Life…Death.

    Mistake # 1: No Estate Whatsoever.

    Mistake # 2: Out-of-Date Wills.

    Mistake # 3: Losing your Will.

    Mistake # 4: Do-It-Yourselfers and Handwritten Wills.

    Mistake #5: Not Signing Your Will Because You PhysicallyCan't.

    Mistake #6 Not Properly Executed Documents.

    Mistake #7: The Best Laid (Estate) Plans.

    Mistake #8: Dying Intestate or without a Will.

    Chapter 2 Mistakes Involving Tangible PersonalProperty.

    Mistake #9: Nemo Dat Quo Non Habet (Latin for "He Who Hath NotCannot Give").

    Mistake #10: Not Properly Documenting the Delivery andCompletion of a Gift.

    Mistake #11: Selling Valuable Tangible Personal Property TooClose to Death.

    Mistake #12: Bequeathing Tangible Personal Property that You DoNot Own.

    Mistake #13: Mentioning Too Many Details in Your Will.

    Mistake #14: Not Including Any Details in Your Will.

    Mistake #15: Not Providing Properly for the Care of Your PetsAfter Your Death.

    Mistake #16: Leaving Too Much Money for Your Pets After YourDeath.

    Mistake #17: Giving the Same Tangible Personal Property Item toMore than One Person.

    Mistake #18: Not Properly Providing for the Disposition of YourArtworks after Your Death.

    Mistake #19: Not Providing for Your Tangible Personal Propertyin a Revocable Living Trust.

    Chapter 3 Mistakes Involving Real Estate.

    Mistake #20: Not Confirming How Title is Held to Real EstateBefore or Right After Death.

    Mistake #21: Forgetting that Real Estate Usually Passes Subjectto Loans and Mortgages.

    Mistake #22: Not Draining the Water Pipes in a Vacant House inCold Weather.

    Mistake #23: Failing to Maintain Adequate Property and CasualtyInsurance on Estate Property - Especially Vacant Real Estate.

    Mistake #24: Failing to Provide that Children, or others, MayContinue to Reside in the Family Home with the Executor's orTrustee's Approval.

    Mistake #25: Failing to Provide that Existing Leases WillTerminate on Reasonable Terms After the Death of the Owner of theProperty.

    Mistake #26: Owning Land, a House or an Apartment in a ForeignCountry.

    Mistake #27: Assuming That a Co-operative Apartment BuildingBoard Will Always Do What You Would Like It to Do.

    Mistake #28: Placing Real Estate in a Trust Without Checking onthe Ramifications of Doing So.

    Chapter 4 Mistakes Involving Executors and/orTrustees.

    Mistake #29: Selecting Only One Executor in a ComplicatedEstate.

    Mistake #30: Selecting Too Many Executors.

    Mistake #31: Selecting an Even Number of Executors.

    Mistake #32: Selecting Executors with a Conflict ofInterest.

    Mistake #33: Not Compensating (or Under-Compensating) YourExecutors.

    Mistake #34: Not Selecting Your Spouse as an Executor.

    Mistake #35: Surprising Your Spouse with the Terms of YourWill.

    Mistake #36: Not Naming Your Children as Executors.

    Mistake #37: Naming Your Children as Executors.

    Mistake #38: Naming a Literary Executor in Your Will.

    Mistake #39: Naming a Corporate Fiduciary That Can Be Removed byan Individual Fiduciary.

    Chapter 5 Mistakes Involving Guardians, Minors orStep-Children.

    Mistake #40: Not Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian ofYour Minor Children.

    Mistake #41: Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian ofYour Minor Child.

    Mistake #42: Failing To Periodically Review Your Choice ofGuardian(s).

    Mistake #43: Assuming that Your Step-Children Have the SameLegal Rights as Your Biological...

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