By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. January 2, 2020 Kristoff St. John’s Daughter Questions Handwritten Will Validity It’s been over eight months since The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John died. His death at the age of 53 made many headlines, but the main reason that many...

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. June 9, 2016 What’s an Outside Creditor? We’ve talked in previous posts about who creditors are and how they can go after your assets. In “What’s an Inside Creditor?”, we discussed the basics of protecting your personal assets from creditors going after your...

Probate: Beast or Burden   I said it before, and I'll say it again: probate is time consuming, expensive and unpredictable. It presses a lot of emotional pressure points that can really be a terrible burden on your family. I've seen it both professionally and...

Why Your College-Bound Kid Needs a Health Care Surrogate   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. March 12, 2015 Confident, optimistic, and eager to take on the world, your college-bound child might not be thrilled with the idea of signing away even a small bit of privacy to their parents....

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. May 24, 2016 The New Health Care Surrogate Statute   A Health Care Surrogate is a critical document in any estate plan. Essentially, it enables the person executing the document -- known as the principal -- to designate one or more people to make...

When Does a Power of Attorney Become Effective By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. March 3, 2016 Depending on your purpose for creating a Power of Attorney, you can allow someone else to act on your behalf in a variety of situations, both specific and general. Most Powers of Attorney...

By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. December 20, 2018 Art, Collectibles, Heirlooms — How to Estate Plan for Hard Assets It’s common for people to transfer liquid assets such as cash, bonds, and stocks in a will or trust. Hard assets like art, collectibles, and heirlooms can be more...

What's a Health Care Surrogate?   April 6, 2013 By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. A health care surrogate is similar to a power of attorney. It appoints someone to act on your behalf, but is limited to health care decisions rather than financial and administrative affairs. This is an...

How a Power of Attorney Can Be Abused   By: Barry E. Haimo, Esq. February 5, 2015 Imagine you were going to give someone access to your bank account, retirement and savings accounts, and property. You’d feel better about giving that access to someone you trust, wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, the...