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Retirement Income For The 99 Percent

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The gig economy is not just for young people; cushy jobs have become a thing of the past, and cushy pensions and employer-provided retirement account contributions are even harder to find among the most recent cohort of people to find themselves added to the AARP’s mailing list.  Life keeps getting more expensive, so how… Read More »

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Estate Planning For Millennials Who Value Experiences Over Stuff And Friendship Over DNA

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

You’ve heard all the stereotypes about millennials.  Millennials value experiences over stuff, and they certainly can’t be bothered with frivolous purchases like the disposable dinner napkin.  Financially, millennials are screwed; most of them will never own a house.  Millennials have the lowest birth rate in U.S. history, whether because diaper duty is a less… Read More »

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Will The Clutter You Find In A Deceased Relative’s House Affect The Probate Of Their Estate?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Selling a deceased relative’s house is often one of the most stressful parts of probate.  If the decedent included instructions in their will about selling the house, it makes the process somewhat easier, but selling a house is never easy, even under circumstances that do not involve bereavement.  The worst is if the decedent… Read More »

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How Not To Help Your Children Financially: Advice From An Estate Planning Lawyer

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

From an estate planning perspective, there are no right or wrong answers about how much or how little money to give your adult children.  As long as you have enough money left over for your own retirement expenses and healthcare, you can continue to spoil your children and grandchildren as much as you want. … Read More »

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Family Members Feud Over Cosmetology Tycoon’s Guardianship Fees

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

No matter how much money you save and invest during your working years, no matter how modestly you live after retirement, and no matter how big an estate you leave when you die, it can all go to waste if your family members spend it all on legal battles against each other during probate. … Read More »

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How Important Is Life Insurance in Your Estate Plan?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

At every age, you have probably heard people advise you not to be insurance-poor.  Trying to get most types of insurance to pay for what they promised to pay for, whether it is your health insurance paying for doctor’s office visits or your car insurance paying for vehicle repair after a car accident.  At… Read More »

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Is Collecting Sports Memorabilia a Substitute for Estate Planning?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

In the world of estate planning, conventional wisdom says that your family members do not want to inherit an uncategorized pile of your personal property.  In fact, the legal term “personal property,” which refers to all physical objects you own that are not real estate, might as well just be a euphemism for clutter. … Read More »

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Accounting for Historically Significant Property in Your Estate Plan

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Unless you belong to one of the earliest vintages of Baby boomers, your children probably cannot remember the time before women held prominent positions in the executive branch of the United States government.  Before Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton, there was Janet Reno, who… Read More »

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Probate Gets Complicated When Long-Lost Siblings Enter the Picture

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

DNA science has changed the world for the better.  It has demonstrated the innocence of people wrongfully accused of violent crimes and even exonerated some who had been wrongfully convicted.  It has definitively refuted racist arguments about the biological superiority of one race over others.  It has enabled people who were adopted as infants… Read More »

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Four Retirement Questions to Ask Yourself in Your 50s

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you make a first visit to an estate planning lawyer when you are in your 50s, the lawyer might tell you that it is impossible to make a satisfactory estate plan without first thinking about how you plan to manage for finances during retirement.  This is what estate planning lawyers mean when we… Read More »

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