Who takes care of my kids if I pass away?

Kids playing with marbles, photo by Tup Wanders (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Kids playing with marbles, photo by Tup Wanders (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Many people think about writing a will as something to put off for tomorrow, thinking that their kids are automatically going to get everything, and that’s that. But another aspect of a will that many people don’t consider is planning for who will step in to take care of your children if you pass away. Continue reading

What is Deferred Action?

photo by Jordan Fischer, licensed with Creative Commons

photo by Jordan Fischer, commercial use license through Creative Commons

Back in June of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new program allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This is NOT a visa or legal relief granting status, but for people who were brought to the United States (US) as children, it means DHS will not prosecute them. Generally, these people were brought here without the choice, and have grown up as Americans, speaking English, going to school, and otherwise have no real pathway to attain legal status. However, only certain people will qualify. Continue reading

Multiple Marriages & Inheritance

People in certain marital situations are at a greater need of a good estate plan.

Whereas many people believe that when they die, everything automatically goes to the family members they live with, that is usually not the case after a divorce and/or remarriage. The reality is that a marital dissolution causes consequences to your estate plan. Continue reading