Pinnacle Legacy Law Blog

Do You Have Planning Phobia?

Confronting your own mortality can be unsettling, so it’s easy to give in to the temptation of dealing with the here-and-now issues and procrastinate on planning for our eventual incapacitation and death.

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Losing Control

Most people dread the thought of sitting in a room with a lawyer discussing how their assets should be managed and distributed if they become incapacitated or die. Most of the planning tools utilized by PLL legal teams leave the client in total control – including the power to invest their assets and, in most cases, the power to spend the assets as they choose while they are living. Your assets are just that. YOURS.

The Intimidation of Legal Jargon

A skilled estate planning attorney will help you reach a comfortable understanding of the issues in your estate plan that actually matter to you. In our experience, they are:

  • The person in control of your estate plan at every stage if you cannot do so yourself.
  • The people, charities, and other entities to who we leave our assets when we die.
  • The timing and distribution of inheritance to your heirs. A skilled estate planner will add value here because most clients do not look beyond outright distribution.

Not Knowing the Financial Investment Required to Create the Plan

Attorneys that utilize hourly billing as their only fee structure risk their clients ending up with a rushed, sloppy plan or paying an outrageous fee for excess hours worked. That’s why our legal teams at PLL utilize a flat-fee model so that our clients always know the financial investment required. This assuages our clients’ fears related to financial investment and reflects PLL’s core values to foster empathy and collaboration with our clients.

10 Reasons to Start Estate Planning Now

Although it may not be ideal to think about the future of your possessions after your departure, creating an estate plan ensures you and your assets are protected during and after your life. For those who haven’t started planning their estate, here are ten pressing reasons to use estate planning services sooner rather than later.

Top Reasons Why You Should Have a Will

Few people these days seriously consider the major benefits of estate planning, such as writing a will. While it might seem too early for you to write a will, it’s never too late to start.

How to Find a Quality Probate Lawyer

It’s crucial to find probate lawyers specializing in estate law because they have the experience and understanding of this area of law to make the process as smooth as possible for you and your family.

Estate Planning 101: Everything You Need to Know

You’ll need an estate plan to protect your assets and loved ones when you can no longer do it. Estate planning helps you designate individuals entitled to your assets in the event of your incapacitation or death. An attorney can guide you to ensure beneficiaries and heirs receive assets with minimal gift taxes, estate taxes, and other tax impacts.

Do You Have Planning Phobia?

Most people dread the thought of sitting in a room with a lawyer discussing how their assets should be managed and distributed if they become incapacitated or die. Most of the planning tools utilized by PLL legal teams leave the client in total control – including the power to invest their assets and, in most cases, the power to spend the assets as they choose while they are living. Your assets are just that. YOURS.

What You Lose By Not Planning

The motivation to put a legal plan in place increases when you fully understand what you lost when you do not plan.

Three Principles for Financial Independence

You can risk your time. You can risk your interest. But never, under any circumstance, risk your principal. If you have a principal, you can recover. If you don’t, you have to start from scratch.

Estate Planning Mistakes Farmers and Ranchers Make and Avoiding Them

Farming or ranching is more than a means of livelihood – it is about preserving a legacy and unique way of life.  Unfortunately, many farmers and ranchers fail to make an estate plan.  The farm or ranch passed down for generations then ends up being sold and converted into non-agricultural use, cutting the legacy short and ending the family’s unique lifestyle choice.

It’s Planning Season

For each season, there is planning that you must do on the farm. To be successful, this planning must be done thoughtfully and in advance. Your life is no different. To properly plan for the next season in your life and the lives of your family, a well-executed estate plan is a must. Below are a few documents to consider when crafting a plan to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your legacy.

Start protecting your legacy.

Click the link below and schedule a call with a member of our team.  We will explain our unique process for working with farmers, ranchers and their families. The call is FREE!