Chapter 1 The Single Biggest Mistake – Not for the One Certainty 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Mistake # 2: Out-of-Date Wills.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 Physically Can'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 Personal Property.
Mistake #9: Nemo Dat Quo Non Habet (Latin for "He Who Hath Not Cannot Give").
Mistake #10: Not Properly Documenting the Delivery and Completion of a Gift.
Mistake #11: Selling Valuable Tangible Personal Property Too Close to Death.
Mistake #12: Bequeathing Tangible Personal Property that You Do Not 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 Pets After Your Death.
Mistake #16: Leaving Too Much Money for Your Pets After Your Death.
Mistake #17: Giving the Same Tangible Personal Property Item to More than One Person.
Mistake #18: Not Properly Providing for the Disposition of Your Artworks after Your Death.
Mistake #19: Not Providing for Your Tangible Personal Property in a Revocable Living Trust.
Chapter 3 Mistakes Involving Real Estate.
Mistake #20: Not Confirming How Title is Held to Real Estate Before or Right After Death.
Mistake #21: Forgetting that Real Estate Usually Passes Subject to Loans and Mortgages.
Mistake #22: Not Draining the Water Pipes in a Vacant House in Cold Weather.
Mistake #23: Failing to Maintain Adequate Property and Casualty Insurance on Estate Property - Especially Vacant Real Estate.
Mistake #24: Failing to Provide that Children, or others, May Continue to Reside in the Family Home with the Executor's or Trustee's Approval.
Mistake #25: Failing to Provide that Existing Leases Will Terminate on Reasonable Terms After the Death of the Owner of the Property.
Mistake #26: Owning Land, a House or an Apartment in a Foreign Country.
Mistake #27: Assuming That a Co-operative Apartment Building Board Will Always Do What You Would Like It to Do.
Mistake #28: Placing Real Estate in a Trust Without Checking on the Ramifications of Doing So.
Chapter 4 Mistakes Involving Executors and/or Trustees.
Mistake #29: Selecting Only One Executor in a Complicated Estate.
Mistake #30: Selecting Too Many Executors.
Mistake #31: Selecting an Even Number of Executors.
Mistake #32: Selecting Executors with a Conflict of Interest.
Mistake #33: Not Compensating (or Under-Compensating) Your Executors.
Mistake #34: Not Selecting Your Spouse as an Executor.
Mistake #35: Surprising Your Spouse with the Terms of Your Will.
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 by an Individual Fiduciary.
Chapter 5 Mistakes Involving Guardians, Minors or Step-Children.
Mistake #40: Not Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian of Your Minor Children.
Mistake #41: Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian of Your Minor Child.
Mistake #42: Failing To Periodically Review Your Choice of Guardian(s).
Mistake #43: Assuming that Your Step-Children Have the Same Legal Rights as Your Biological Children.
Chapter 6 Mistakes Involving Prior Marriages, Prenuptial Agreements and Significant Others.
Mistake #44: Not Taking into Account the Terms of an...