The Elrod Firm Blog

It has finally arrived!

We are proud to announce the release of Justin’s new book, You Need A Plan: How to Prepare for Death, Taxes, and Long-Term Care

Plan for Worst Case Scenario

As estate planning attorneys, our job is not to simply plan for best case scenario, but to include provisions in your plan for what will happen in the worst case scenario.

Don’t Count on the Media for Estate Planning Advice

Don’t let stories you hear in the media confuse you. Having a will is better than nothing, but it does not make things simple, and it does not keep you out of probate court. Even having a trust won’t keep you out of probate court if you don’t use it right. You must fully fund your trust to protect your family and your estate.

No Such Thing as a “Simple Will”

Clients frequently ask if we can just set up a simple will for them. They don’t have a whole lot and they don’t want anything fancy or complicated. Although we certainly could draw up a “simple will” for someone, the result of doing that type of planning is not the outcome most people want.

Your Home: An Investment Worth Protecting

If you are motivated to protect your house, you need a plan. The first question you might ask yourself is – from what does my house need protecting?. But there are three common legal risks that you can minimize or avoid by planning ahead.

The Elephant in the Room: Bringing Up the Topic of Estate Planning

No one wants to think about their own death or the death of a loved one, much less make plans for it. However, an uncomfortable conversation now is well worth it when you consider the time, cost, and confusion incurred by those without an estate plan in place. Bringing up this conversation, though, can be difficult.

Resolve to Update Your Estate Plan in the New Year

The beginning of the year is a great time to set goals for making improvements. Although eating healthy and working out are good resolutions to make, everyone should also resolve to make sure their estate plans are up-to-date