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FAQ on Estate Planning for Non-Citizens

October 12, 2015
Estate Planning

Estate planning is complicated enough for an average U.S. Citizen, but when you add non-citizen relatives to the mix, it can get outright confusing. Maybe you are married to a non-citizen and want him or her to inherit your assets with minimal complications. Or maybe you’re a permanent resident or a non-resident who wants to […]

3 Steps to Successful Estate Planning

September 15, 2015
Wills

We have so much to worry about on a daily basis that often we are simply too busy to think beyond our own lifespan. However, if you don’t make proper estate planning arrangements now, you risk leaving it up to the courts to decide what to do with your hard-earned assets. An estate plan can […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Durable Financial Power of Attorney in Maryland

July 28, 2015
Power of Attorney

Today we’ll talk about one of the key documents that is typically involved in estate planning—a power of attorney. The word “attorney” in this case doesn’t mean “lawyer,” but rather “one appointed to represent another’s interests,” which is essentially what a lawyer does. Therefore, a power of attorney is a legal document that grants someone […]

What You Need to Know About Estate Taxes

June 26, 2015
Estate Planning

It can be hard enough to plan your estate, but then you realize that you may also have to worry about estate taxes! There are federal estate taxes, Maryland estate taxes, Maryland inheritance taxes, and other important factors you may need to take into account when planning your estate, whether you use a simple Will […]

When Should You Start Thinking About Estate Planning?

May 18, 2015
Estate Planning

Estate planning is not a topic that causally pops up in our daily conversations. In fact, it is a bit unsettling to plan beyond your own lifespan. Nonetheless, every adult needs an effective estate plan, and as a Maryland estate planning attorney, DK Rus Law has helped many Maryland residents put one in place. If […]

Is it Time to Amend Your Will?

April 20, 2015
Wills

A Will is formally known as The Last Will and Testament. The word “last” is used on purpose, because in our lifetime we may have many different (often contradicting) plans on what to do with our estate. A Will might give an impression of a set-in-stone type of document, but it is actually rather flexible […]

5 Questions to Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney

March 27, 2015
Estate Planning

There are many qualified estate planning attorneys in Maryland, and many ways to locate them, both online and offline. But how do you choose the right one? And what should you ask them when you call for an appointment? To make this task a bit easier, we’ve put together a list of questions you should […]

Tempted To Use an Online Legal Service to Form Your Business?

March 2, 2015
General

When you are starting your own business, every dollar counts, and so the lure of an online legal substitute website is tempting. We’ve all seen the ads: “Form your LLC for $99!” But are such legal websites really the bargain they claim to be? I had the opportunity recently to see how these websites work […]

3 Reasons to Use an Attorney to Write Your Will

February 26, 2015
Wills

There are plenty of DIY estate planning software, kits and templates around that allow people to create legal documents like Wills from the comfort of their own home. This might sound like a tempting idea—you don’t have to go anywhere and you can save some money on attorney fees, right? Unfortunately, it may not be […]

The Second Biggest Mistake In Estate Planning

February 24, 2015
Estate Planning

Recently, a client came to me with an unfortunate situation—his mother had died, leaving him her house. Although the house had been appraised at $350,000 when he inherited it, at sale two years later the house only brought $300,000. This was bad enough, but at least he got a $50,000 tax loss on the sale, […]

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