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Preparing your business for success well into the future

The hard work of an owner that is inherent in running a company is mostly apparent at the entrepreneurial and inception stage, right? That is when business acumen merges with sweat equity to forge and guide a commercial creation and steer it to ongoing success.

That is certainly a widely held notion among many would-be start-up principals, who believe that their key objective must logically be on enterprise establishment and subsequent profitability.

Executor duties: sometimes more complex, challenging than envisioned

Perhaps you've just been asked by a family member or close friend to be the executor of that individual's estate. Many people feel flattered by such a request and quickly agree to assume the responsibilities.

How-to estate planning during notably uncertain times

“There may be some things out of your control right now, but your estate plan isn’t one of them.”

That is a sentiment candidly conveyed in a recent Kiplinger article, and one we solidly agree with at the established Southampton estate planning law firm of William J. Benz.

Timely family involvement in estate planning

If you’re a would-be Pennsylvania estate planner who has thus far procrastinated on crafting a tailored and well-executed strategy, the reason for your successive starts and stalls might well reside with your family.

It’s a complex unit, right? Most families are.

Trusts: a favored estate planning tool for many reasons

Trusts in the estate planning realm run the gamut from simple to complex. They can promote beneficiaries’ interests in a narrowly focused way or across broad terrain. They might reasonably seem to lack pronounced utility for some planners, yet be tools of great significance for many estates.

Three strategies if an executor is not doing their job

When you lose a parent, you expect to experience grief, confusion and sadness. What you don’t expect is to lose faith in the executor: the person they entrusted with their affairs.

In Pennsylvania, expect at least a year to settle an uncomplicated estate. If the executor is negligent, greedy or otherwise irresponsible, the proceedings could draw on for much longer. If you sense something going wrong, it’s important to act expeditiously.

How to select an executor

Writing an estate plan is the first step toward securing property and making sure your wishes are carried out. When the plan is done, there’s still one vital step to making sure that your will is carried out as you want: choosing an executor. In short, the executor of an estate is the one who makes decisions after you’re gone.

As Kiplinger puts it, “When you pass away and your will is accepted for probate, your executor…can perform all the legal tasks you used to do.”


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