Chapter 1 The Single Biggest Mistake – Not for the OneCertainty in Life…Death.
Mistake # 1: No Estate Whatsoever.
Mistake # 2: Out-of-Date Wills.
Mistake # 3: Losing your Will.
Mistake # 4: Do-It-Yourselfers and Handwritten Wills.
Mistake #5: Not Signing Your Will Because You PhysicallyCan't.
Mistake #6 Not Properly Executed Documents.
Mistake #7: The Best Laid (Estate) Plans.
Mistake #8: Dying Intestate or without a Will.
Chapter 2 Mistakes Involving Tangible PersonalProperty.
Mistake #9: Nemo Dat Quo Non Habet (Latin for "He Who Hath NotCannot Give").
Mistake #10: Not Properly Documenting the Delivery andCompletion of a Gift.
Mistake #11: Selling Valuable Tangible Personal Property TooClose to Death.
Mistake #12: Bequeathing Tangible Personal Property that You DoNot Own.
Mistake #13: Mentioning Too Many Details in Your Will.
Mistake #14: Not Including Any Details in Your Will.
Mistake #15: Not Providing Properly for the Care of Your PetsAfter Your Death.
Mistake #16: Leaving Too Much Money for Your Pets After YourDeath.
Mistake #17: Giving the Same Tangible Personal Property Item toMore than One Person.
Mistake #18: Not Properly Providing for the Disposition of YourArtworks after Your Death.
Mistake #19: Not Providing for Your Tangible Personal Propertyin a Revocable Living Trust.
Chapter 3 Mistakes Involving Real Estate.
Mistake #20: Not Confirming How Title is Held to Real EstateBefore or Right After Death.
Mistake #21: Forgetting that Real Estate Usually Passes Subjectto Loans and Mortgages.
Mistake #22: Not Draining the Water Pipes in a Vacant House inCold Weather.
Mistake #23: Failing to Maintain Adequate Property and CasualtyInsurance on Estate Property - Especially Vacant Real Estate.
Mistake #24: Failing to Provide that Children, or others, MayContinue to Reside in the Family Home with the Executor's orTrustee's Approval.
Mistake #25: Failing to Provide that Existing Leases WillTerminate on Reasonable Terms After the Death of the Owner of theProperty.
Mistake #26: Owning Land, a House or an Apartment in a ForeignCountry.
Mistake #27: Assuming That a Co-operative Apartment BuildingBoard Will Always Do What You Would Like It to Do.
Mistake #28: Placing Real Estate in a Trust Without Checking onthe Ramifications of Doing So.
Chapter 4 Mistakes Involving Executors and/orTrustees.
Mistake #29: Selecting Only One Executor in a ComplicatedEstate.
Mistake #30: Selecting Too Many Executors.
Mistake #31: Selecting an Even Number of Executors.
Mistake #32: Selecting Executors with a Conflict ofInterest.
Mistake #33: Not Compensating (or Under-Compensating) YourExecutors.
Mistake #34: Not Selecting Your Spouse as an Executor.
Mistake #35: Surprising Your Spouse with the Terms of YourWill.
Mistake #36: Not Naming Your Children as Executors.
Mistake #37: Naming Your Children as Executors.
Mistake #38: Naming a Literary Executor in Your Will.
Mistake #39: Naming a Corporate Fiduciary That Can Be Removed byan Individual Fiduciary.
Chapter 5 Mistakes Involving Guardians, Minors orStep-Children.
Mistake #40: Not Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian ofYour Minor Children.
Mistake #41: Naming the Biological Parent as the Guardian ofYour Minor Child.
Mistake #42: Failing To Periodically Review Your Choice ofGuardian(s).
Mistake #43: Assuming that Your Step-Children Have the SameLegal Rights as Your Biological...