¿Con qué frecuencia debe actualizar su plan patrimonial y de herencia?

Los clientes a menudo me preguntan con qué frecuencia deben actualizar su plan patrimonial. Tanto el paso del tiempo como las circunstancias cambiantes determinan el momento adecuado para actualizarse. El nacimiento del primer hijo de una pareja suele ser un factor desencadenante para preparar el primer plan patrimonial. Es extremadamente importante designar a un tutor para ese bebé, y para los niños futuros, si ambos padres fallecieran. Es muy común designar a un abuelo como tutor porque muchas veces los abuelos son lo suficientemente jóvenes como para estar preparados para el desafío de criar a los niños. Pero, 20 años después, es posible que ese ya no sea el caso, y ese plan patrimonial debe actualizarse. Ese es un ejemplo del paso del tiempo que determina cuándo es necesaria una actualización.

Sin embargo, los cambios de circunstancias pueden crear la necesidad de actualizar un plan patrimonial más rápidamente. Por ejemplo, si la pareja discutida anteriormente se divorciara, entonces se necesita un nuevo plan patrimonial. O, si una persona designada como tutor o un sustituto del tutor fallece, entonces realmente se necesita hacer una nueva designación de tutor porque no desea que un tribunal de sucesiones decida quién cuidará de sus hijos […]

By | May 16th, 2022|0 Comments

How Often Should You Update Your Estate Plan?

Clients often ask me how often they should update their estate plans. Both the passage of time and changing circumstances determine the right time to update. The birth of a couple’s first child is often a trigger for preparing the first estate plan. It is extremely important to designate a guardian for that baby, and any future children if the parents were to both passes away. It is very common to designate a grandparent as the guardian because many times the grandparents are young enough to be up for the challenge of raising children. But, 20 years later, that may no longer be the case, and that estate plan needs to be updated. That’s an example of the passage of time determining when an update is necessary.

Changes in circumstances can create the need to update an estate plan more quickly, however. For example, if the couple discussed above were to go through a divorce, then a new estate plan is in order.  Or, if a person designated as a guardian or a backup to the guardian were to pass away, then […]

By | May 16th, 2022|0 Comments

Planes De Sucesion Para Mascotas

Nuestras mascotas son casi como niños para la mayoría de nosotros. Entonces, al crear un plan sucesión o herencia, siempre pregunto si mi cliente tiene una mascota y, en caso afirmativo, si el cliente ha pensado en lo que sucederá con su mascota o mascotas si sucediera algo inesperado. Casi sin excepción, la respuesta es “¡Realmente no había pensado en eso!” Y cuando hablamos de ello, las respuestas varían enormemente. A veces recibo una respuesta como “Bueno, alguien de nuestra familia se llevará al perro, realmente no me importa quién”. Otras veces, el cliente insiste en que la mascota sea atendida de determinada manera y por determinada persona. He tenido clientes con un niño pequeño que insisten en que el perro de la familia y el niño son un paquete: el tutor designado para el niño también debe aceptar que el perro viva en el hogar porque el perro es muy importante para el niño.

En algunos casos, un cliente querrá crear un “fideicomiso de mascotas”, mediante el cual se crea un fideicomiso especial para retener dinero para cuidar de la mascota después de que fallezca el dueño. Entonces, el propietario designa a una persona para que actúe como fideicomisario para […]

By | April 8th, 2022|0 Comments

Estate Planning For Pets

Our pets are almost like children for most of us. So, when creating an estate plan, I always ask if my client has a pet and if yes, then whether the client has thought about what will happen with their pet or pets if something unexpected were to happen.  Almost without exception, the answer is “I hadn’t really thought of that!”  And when we do talk about it, the answers vary wildly.  Sometimes I get a response like “Well, someone in our family will take the dog – I don’t really care who.” Other times the client is adamant that the pet be cared for in a certain way and by a certain person. I have had clients with a young child insist that the family dog and the child are a package deal – the guardian designated for the child must also agree to have the dog live in the household because the dog is very important to the child.

In some instances, a client will want to create a “pet trust”, whereby a special trust is created to hold money […]

By | April 8th, 2022|0 Comments

Estate Planning in Kansas and Missouri

By Jeff Wagoner
W M Law President
Estate Planning in Kansas City is complicated somewhat by the Kansas/Missouri border that runs through our metropolitan area.  At WM Law, we are licensed in both Kansas and Missouri and represent both Kansas and Missouri clients (even though sometimes we have to keep those Tigers and Jayhawks and Wildcats separated in the waiting room!).
One big difference in estate planning stems from the types of real estate ownership available in the two states.  Both Kansas and Missouri offer tenancy in common and joint tenancy with the right of survivorship.  However, only Missouri offers tenancy by the entireties.  Tenancy by the entireties is only offered in about 20 states and that type of tenancy varies significantly among those states.  Tenancy by the entireties is an old, rather odd concept in real estate ownership that dates back to the middle ages.  Back then, when a man took a wife, the wife came with a “dowry” – maybe a cow, 5 pigs, and some chickens.  Now, if the man was down at the local pub one night and got to gambling, he might incur a gambling debt that the winner would try to collect by coming to the homestead […]

By | April 7th, 2017|0 Comments