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“There is nothing like the death of a moneyed member of the family to show persons as they really are, virtuous or conniving, generous or grasping. Many a family has been torn apart by a botched-up will. Each case is a drama in human relationships — and the lawyer, as counselor, draftsman, or advocate, is an important figure in the dramatis personae. This is one reason the estates practitioner enjoys his work, and why we enjoy ours.”
– Jesse Dukeminier and Stanley M. Johanson, introduction to 1972 edition of Family Wealth Transactions: Wills, Trusts, Future Interests, and Estate Planning.

“The post mortem squabbling and contests on mental condition . . . have made a will the least secure of all human dealings.”

– Lloyd v. Wayne Circuit Judge, 23 N.W. 28, 30 (Mich. 1885).

 Elain's Book

From Elain:

"As a certified Estate Planner, I have been helping clients create rock-solid estate plans for nearly a quarter of a century. Practically everyone needs an estate plan that is specific and clear but not so rigid that it ends up being debated in court. Hopefully, after reading my book and gaining insight into the prevailing attitudes about everyday estate planning, you will come to appreciate why a "bulletproof" estate plan is a critical tool for your arsenal of personal protections. You will also learn why a state certified specialist estate planning attorney is essential to protect your physical person, your personal rights and your hard-earned money. I sincerely hope that this information will be helpful to you and that you will take the necessary steps that are required in order to protect yourself while you still can."

"Here's a sampling of the valuable information that you will find in my new book entitled 'Fifty Excuses (Not) To Do Bulletproof Estate Planning - Estate Planning Excuses that Just Might Cost You Everything:' "

How to find the money to do a proper Estate Plan (page 41)

Why you shouldn't use an online legal technology company to get Estate Plan (page 49)

How quality Estate Planning can be made quick-and-easy (page 55)

 Why Estate Planning is important even if you don't have children (page 56)

How to decide who to leave your assets to (page 59)

At what age should you get an Estate Plan?The answer will surprise you(page 67)

Why you should care about probate - even after you're dead! (page 73)

Why you should beware of the probate court (page 74)

Why anout-of-state attorney can be hazardous to your financial health (page 76)

Why you should never get an Estate Plan from the financialinstitution where you might invest (page 79)

Why you should not use a pre-paid legal services company to get an Estate Plan (page 83)     

Why Estate Planning self-help books are a big waste of time! (page 88)

Why your intentions written down on a piece of paper is a really bad idea (page 92)

2 things youmust doif you already have an Estate Plan (page 95)

If you already have an attorney-made Estate Plan, why you should never update it on your own! (page 99)

Why it may not be enough if you have everything only in joint tenancy (page 101)

Why everything will not "automatically" go to your kids (page 103)

Why doing nothing and expectingyour spouse to take care of your Estate Planning is a recipe for disaster! (page 107)

How to know that you are hiring a qualified Estate Planning attorney (page 114)

Why only making a Will is not sufficient to protect yourself(page 121)

How to deal with your family if they force you to change your Estate Plan (page 126)

The best legal resources available (page 137)