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June, 2015

Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship – What it Means and Pitfalls to Consider

June 26th, 2015

Posted in Asset Protection,Estate & Personal Planning,General Practice,Real Estate Law

Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship (JTWROS) is a form of joint property ownership available to two or more people and characterized by the right of survivorship. Upon one tenant’s death, the share of the property passes to the surviving co-tenants. There are five requirements for creation of a JTWROS: the right of survivorship and the four unities of possession, interest, title, and time.
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Preparing for Your Home Equity Line of Credit to Enter the Repayment Period

June 15th, 2015

Posted in Asset Protection,Bankruptcy Information,Estate & Personal Planning,Real Estate Law

A recent study conducted by Experian anticipates about $265 billion in home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) will begin entering a repayment period, affecting millions of consumers. HELOC originations, which continued to increase from 2005 until the start of the housing crisis, are generally divided into two periods. For the first ten years, a HELOC remains in the draw period, which allows consumers to use the line of credit while making minimum, interest-only payments. After ten years, many HELOCs enter the repayment period. This may cause a hike in monthly payments, sometimes as much as triple or quadruple the monthly payment amount during the initial draw period. Debt-relief consultants anticipate defaults to skyrocket as these HELOCs enter the repayment period.
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Classifying Estate Planning Gifts as Marital Versus Nonmarital Property

June 4th, 2015

Posted in Asset Protection,Estate & Personal Planning

One of the many complicated facets of planning for a possible divorce as part of estate planning is the division of property. When a marriage dissolves, property that is classified as a marital asset will generally be equitably distributed between the parties. On the other hand, property that is classified as a nonmarital asset will not.
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