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04/24/2024
True story – my amazing Italian grandmother used to keep a glass candy dish in her living room filled with full-sized He...
04/19/2024

True story – my amazing Italian grandmother used to keep a glass candy dish in her living room filled with full-sized Hershey w/Almonds bars! For the youngest of 4 children, in a home where snacks were hidden so they’d be available for mom to pack in our school lunches, a full-sized candy bar was a real treat. The candy dish was glass – not crystal. But the memories were really good and important to not just me and my siblings but also my 4 cousins. Grandmothers (and parents) should consider the ‘candy dishes’ in their lives and try to leave something special (but not necessarily expensive) to each child or grandchild so there isn’t any quarrelling about it when they are no longer around.

Did you know that April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day? Join us as we raise awareness about the importance of...
04/16/2024

Did you know that April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day? Join us as we raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning and making your healthcare wishes known.
Don't wait until it's too late - start the conversation with your loved ones today and ensure that your healthcare wishes are respected.

While having a will is an important part of estate planning, it may not necessarily help you avoid probate. The probate ...
04/10/2024

While having a will is an important part of estate planning, it may not necessarily help you avoid probate. The probate process is a court-supervised process that involves validating a will, identifying and valuing assets, paying off debts and taxes, and distributing property to heirs.
To learn more about how estate planning can help you protect your assets and ensure your wishes are carried out, contact us today. .

Family Harmony – Should Mom or Dad leave the house to one child and not the others?  How assets are left to family membe...
04/09/2024

Family Harmony – Should Mom or Dad leave the house to one child and not the others? How assets are left to family members is a complex area of the law. If the asset is something that has a title, the answer could be different than if the asset is not one that is titled. Ultimately, understanding Mom or Dad’s intention and goals in the overall distribution of their assets needs to be discussed with an experienced estate planning attorney. Don’t rely on your friends or neighbors to give you estate planning advice.

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04/08/2024

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Regardless of your feelings about her music, her attendance at National Football League games, or anything else related to the popstar, it’s hard to argue that Taylor Swift isn’t a cultural phenomenon. In 2023, Taylor launched a multi-city tour that broke records for attendance, sales, merchandi...

🌟✨ April is Stress Awareness Month! ✨🌟Let's take a moment to breathe... 🌬️ Stress is a natural part of life, but it's ho...
04/01/2024

🌟✨ April is Stress Awareness Month! ✨🌟
Let's take a moment to breathe... 🌬️ Stress is a natural part of life, but it's how we manage it that makes all the difference. This month, let's shine a light on stress and the powerful role that breathing plays in helping us find calm amidst the chaos. 💆‍♂️💆‍♀️
Did you know that simply taking a few deep breaths can work wonders for reducing stress levels? It's true! Deep, intentional breathing can help activate the body's relaxation response, easing tension and promoting a sense of peace. 🧘‍♂️🧘‍♀️
So, whether you're feeling overwhelmed by work, school, or life in general, remember to pause, take a deep breath, and let the stress melt away. 🌬️✨ You've got this!
Let's make this Stress Awareness Month one of self-care and mindfulness. Share your favorite breathing exercises or stress-relief tips in the comments below. Together, let's breathe easier and live happier! 💙 🌿

Family Harmony – Should Mom or Dad name “co-personal representatives” – where two or  more children are named as the per...
03/29/2024

Family Harmony – Should Mom or Dad name “co-personal representatives” – where two or more children are named as the personal representative (sometimes called executor) of their will? The answer is “it depends”. I need to understand why Mom or Dad want to do it that way – is it because they believe that it’s an honor and they don’t want to upset either child? If that’s the case, I explain that it is not an honor, but a responsibility and one that is best done by one individual. More discussion is required – talk with an experienced estate planning attorney about your specific family dynamic to learn more.

Attention all pet owners! Did you know that you can provide for your furry friends even after you're gone? A pet trust a...
03/22/2024

Attention all pet owners! Did you know that you can provide for your furry friends even after you're gone? A pet trust allows you to ensure that your pet will be taken care of financially and emotionally in the event of your incapacity or death. With a pet trust, you can specify who will care for your pet and how your pet will be taken care of. Protect your beloved companion and secure their future by setting up a pet trust today!

🌸 Exciting March Events in Howard County, Maryland! 🌸 Discover the vibrant happenings this month! 📆✨
03/13/2024

🌸 Exciting March Events in Howard County, Maryland! 🌸 Discover the vibrant happenings this month! 📆✨

View the complete listing of annual events in Howard County and search monthly events including: workshops, performances, seminars and more.

Estate Planning attorneys need to understand multiple issues ranging from taxes to asset protection to create a comprehe...
03/11/2024

Estate Planning attorneys need to understand multiple issues ranging from taxes to asset protection to create a comprehensive estate plan. Passage of the Corporate Transparency Act adds yet another layer to the already complex world of Estate Planning. Beginning on January 1, 2024, any company that qualifies as a Reporting Company needs to file a report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regarding its Beneficial Owners and individuals who helped register the Reporting Company. The provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act are designed to help prevent and combat money laundering, terrorist financing, corruption, tax fraud, and other illicit activity. Read on to learn more.

Estate Planning attorneys need to understand multiple issues ranging from taxes to asset protection to create a comprehensive estate plan. Passage of the Corporate Transparency Act adds yet another layer to the already complex world of Estate Planning. Beginning on January 1, 2024, any company that....

Family Harmony – What do Mom and Dad do if one child is ‘not good with money’ and another child ‘is responsible with mon...
03/08/2024

Family Harmony – What do Mom and Dad do if one child is ‘not good with money’ and another child ‘is responsible with money’. Here we want to be sure that Mom and Dad communicate to their children about their concerns. While one child can be the trustee of another child’s inheritance, it’s likely not a good idea because of what it could do to the sibling relationship. Talk with an experienced estate planning attorney about your specific family dynamic and what the options are.

🌟 Planning for the Future: Caring for Your Special Needs Child 🌟Life is full of uncertainties, but ensuring the well-bei...
03/06/2024

🌟 Planning for the Future: Caring for Your Special Needs Child 🌟
Life is full of uncertainties, but ensuring the well-being of your loved ones, especially a special needs child, requires thoughtful preparation. 🤝💙 Here are some crucial steps to consider when creating your estate plan:
1️⃣ Guardianship: Identify a trusted guardian
2️⃣ Financial Planning: Set up a special needs trust to secure your child's financial future. This trust can provide for their needs without jeopardizing eligibility for government assistance.
3️⃣ Medical Directives: Clearly outline your child's medical history, preferences, and any specific care instructions in your estate plan.
4️⃣ Letter of Intent: Draft a letter detailing your child's routine, likes, dislikes, and any other crucial information. This document helps guide future caregivers and ensures a smooth transition.
5️⃣ Beneficiary Designations: Review and update beneficiary designations on life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other assets to align with your child's needs.
6️⃣ Legal Documents: Draft a comprehensive will, power of attorney, and healthcare proxy. Consult with legal professionals to ensure these documents are tailored to your child's unique circumstances.
7️⃣ Regular Reviews: Life changes, and so should your estate plan. Regularly revisit and update your plan to accommodate any shifts in your child's needs or your financial situation.
Remember, taking proactive steps today can provide comfort and security for your special needs child in the years to come. 💖✨

The Applicable Exclusion Amount (“AEA”) permits individuals to transfer a certain amount of property either during life ...
03/05/2024

The Applicable Exclusion Amount (“AEA”) permits individuals to transfer a certain amount of property either during life or at death without worrying about incurring an estate or gift tax. Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 temporarily doubled that amount thereby allowing significant amounts of wealth pass from one generation to another without imposition of tax. As we draw nearer to January 1, 2026, and the sunset of those doubling provisions, attorneys and clients alike will rush to utilize whatever remains of their AEA to avoid losing it. Married individuals have a particularly useful option at their disposal. Read on to learn more.

The Applicable Exclusion Amount (“AEA”) permits individuals to transfer a certain amount of property either during life or at death without worrying about incurring an estate or gift tax. Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 temporarily doubled that amount thereby allowing significant am...

🌟 Marching Forward with Awareness! 🌟 March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it's time to shine a light...
03/04/2024

🌟 Marching Forward with Awareness! 🌟 March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and it's time to shine a light on the strength, resilience, and unique abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities. 💙✨ Let's come together to spread awareness and foster inclusivity.

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02/26/2024

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Each year the University of Miami sponsors the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. The 58th Institute took place in Orlando, Florida in January 2024. The Institute is widely regarded as the premier estate planning program in the country as thousands of attorneys, trust officers, financial plann...

While the need for an estate plan can vary based on individual circumstances, having an estate plan is generally advisab...
02/21/2024

While the need for an estate plan can vary based on individual circumstances, having an estate plan is generally advisable for everyone, regardless of marital or parental status. Estate planning is not just about distributing assets—it also involves making decisions about your healthcare, finances, and end-of-life preferences.

https://providencelg.com/do-you-want-to-discuss-dynasty-trusts/
02/19/2024

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Dynasty Trusts present a great opportunity to pass significant wealth on to future generations. If structured properly, the assets of a Dynasty Trust pass with minimal gift, estate or generation-skipping transfer tax consequences. As we approach the sunset of the temporarily doubled Applicable Exclu...

Today is National Caregivers Day. Thank you to the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and ...
02/16/2024

Today is National Caregivers Day. Thank you to the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care.

Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but also National Organ Donation Day. Do your loved ones know your wishes?
02/14/2024

Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but also National Organ Donation Day. Do your loved ones know your wishes?

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02/09/2024

Yes we do!

There’s no better way to show love to your family than having an estate plan that ensures that they will be protected, a...
02/07/2024

There’s no better way to show love to your family than having an estate plan that ensures that they will be protected, and that life will be as simple as possible for them if you got sick, became disabled, or suddenly passed away.
A plan lovingly:

✅ Names guardians who can raise your kids, so they aren’t placed in the care of strangers or unfit family members if you pass away.
✅ Takes the burden off your family of making difficult decisions in a crisis.
✅ Keeps your family out of court and ensures that more of your hard-earned money goes to your loved ones and not lawyers or the IRS when you’re gone.
✅ Let’s your family know that whatever life throws your way, you’ve gone above and beyond to make sure that they are taken care of.

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“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” Saint John Paul II

Since my Dad passed away when I was 16 years old (at age 46, leaving a wife and four children, and no estate planning) I’ve been keenly aware of how precious life is and how none of us knows what’s ahead. What can we do? We can live life to the fullest, be kind to each other, and plan for the future. Estate planning is one of those things where ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’. Listening to a neighbor or co-worker’s estate planning advice is rarely a good strategy. Similarly, inexpensive, downloadable plans fall into the category of ‘you get what you pay for’. Providence Law Group is a small firm with offices in Columbia, Maryland (serving Howard, Montgomery and Carroll County families) that offers free educational webinars (and in-person seminars when we’re able to get together in person again) to help you as you think through your best estate planning options. You are the expert on your family and what you want to happen. We can help you put that plan in place. To see our current webinar offerings, please go to our website www.providencelg.com and register. We look forward to meeting you!


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