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Must I have ‘Prince’-like Riches to Need a Will?

When the legendary singer, songwriter and performer Prince died suddenly in 2016, he left an estate estimated to be worth between $50 and $300 million dollars – and no will. Without a spouse, living parents or children, his sister and five half siblings have been battling it out since, in one of the most complicated probate court proceedings in Minnesota history, with tens of millions of dollars being spent on fees for lawyers and consultants.

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Why are Beneficiary Designations Important in Estate Planning

Why are Beneficiary Designations Important in Estate Planning?

Vanguard has sent me a beneficiary designation verification letter. For the primary beneficiary, it says it will be the person I am married to at the time of my death. For the secondary beneficiary, it says, my descendants “per stirpes.” I have one child. Should the beneficiary designation include his name?

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Why Won’t IRS and Social Security Administration Like My Power of Attorney?

Every estate plan should have a power of attorney, in which you give one or more people authority to act as agents on your behalf, when you aren’t able to. Every estate planner and guide to estate planning will tell you that. What few will tell you is there are at least two important instances when the power of attorney (POA) won’t be recognized and followed.

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