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Estate planning isn’t just about money

For many people, the main focus of estate planning is money. They have amassed a certain amount of wealth and they want to make a plan to pass that wealth to the next generation. They can write a will, put money in a trust, use a payable-on-death (POD) account and...

Why do will disputes happen?

A will is a document that outlines the deceased's last wishes. Courts often scrutinize wills closely to ensure there are no issues. However, there may be reasons to invalidate a will.  A will dispute could make probate take longer, but it may be necessary. Here are a...

What happens to your digital assets when you die?

You may not consider your digital assets when considering estate planning. However, it is essential that you plan for these, as well as your tangible assets.  Digital assets encompass a wide range of electronic records and accounts, including social media profiles,...

A will is not the only way to bequeath your assets

Many people who haven’t yet begun the process of developing an estate plan think that the will is the only instrument used to designate how assets will be distributed after they die. While the will is always the central document of an estate plan, there are multiple...

Charitable giving and estate planning

Estate planning often involves deciding what assets go to heirs. However, not all distributions must go to relatives and other close beneficiaries. An estate plan may involve charitable giving, directing a little or substantial amount toward good causes. The key point...

Health care in the estate plan

Under South Carolina intestate succession laws, if someone dies without a will, their assets automatically transfer to the closest relatives. However, there may be interim issues when estate planning for the final days. Many select a power of attorney in case they...