How to Avoid Losing Your Will & Estate Planning Documents

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Of all the mistakes you can make with your will & estate planning documents, there is one that is easiest to avoid. Don’t lose them! If a loved one of yours suddenly died, would you know where to find their estate planning documents? Would someone else know where to find your estate planning documents? Remember,…

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Getting Your Will Done

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Deciding it is time for a Will can be scary and stressful. It is easy to put writing one off until “tomorrow”.  At Andrews, Bongar, Gormley & Clagett we can eliminate the stress and reduce the fear. The first step is to give us a call. Once you take the step to call us, we…

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The Advance Medical Directive

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 6 minutes

Senior couple meeting an estate planning attorney.

What would happen to you if you had a major medical emergency, and you were in a coma or vegetative state? Unless you have already taken steps to provide legal instructions otherwise, the hospital will use all reasonable means to keep you alive – whether you want that or not. The document that gives you…

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The Durable Power of Attorney

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 6 minutes

When someone comes to us for a will, we usually explain why they also need a durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney gives someone the legal authority to handle your financial affairs even if you are disabled. If you become disabled without a power of attorney in place, your loved ones will…

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Giving Back – Wills For Heroes

by blackfin | Posted in Legal-ease Blog | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Southern Maryland first responders give so much to their community.  So Dave Gormley joined some other lawyers and gave up a Saturday to help provide them with free estate documents. Working with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, lawyers from the Charles County Bar Association and around the state met with local first responders at the…

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Think Before Adding Children to a Deed

by Dave Gormley | Posted in Civil Law & Consumer | Reading Time: 4 minutes

We get a LOT of calls from people who want to add their children or another family member to the deed to their house. They have the best intentions – but they may be making a giant financial mistake! You need to seriously consider the tax and financial implications of adding someone to the deed…

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Do you still need estate planning after the 2017 tax law?

by D'Erra Jackson | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Does the new tax law passed in December 2017 mean you don’t have to do estate planning anymore? No! That is a very incorrect assumption that some people are making. In fact, there are (at least) four good reasons you still need to be concerned about estate planning even after the new tax law. Don’t…

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Final Words to Your Family

by Tucker Clagett | Posted in Wills & Estates | Reading Time: 3 minutes

This is the suggested format of a letter we suggest you write in our Free Legal Consumer Guide to making a will. This letter is not legally binding, but it goes with your will just to make things easier for your heirs after your death. Please read our entire Free Legal Consumer Guide to why…

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