Estate Planning for Blended Families
1st Edition
Author: Richard Barnes, Attorney
Price: $20.99


Estate planning solutions for your whole family.
In nearly half of all stepfamilies, one spouse or the other brings a child or children with them. But while most estate planning books give a general overview of the process of creating a will, trust or other estate plan, most do not have the information that couples in a second marriage need to provide for the entirety of their family.

Estate Planning for Blended Families is the first book that will help you provide for your current spouse as well as children from both your previous and current marriages. Attorney Richard Barnes is a practicing lawyer who helps couples just like you create estate plans that take care of the entirety of a blended family. You'll get targeted information on:

Identifying goals and concerns
Discussing matters with your spouse
Planning for all children involved
Estate and gift taxes in a second marriage
Choosing executors, trustees and guardians
Working with lawyers, financial planners and other experts
Estate Planning for Blended Families also includes sample estate plans, current tax information for your state, and the latest information about which federal and state laws apply to you and your loved ones, so that you can create the right estate plan for your whole family.

“Blended families face unique challenges when they begin to plan their estates. Richard Barnes’ straightforward exploration of many of these challenges makes it a must-read for remarried couples.”
- Jon J. Gallo, Co-Author, Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children

“A much-needed book that thoroughly covers a complex and emotional topic with great sensitivity and clarity.”
- Joseph H. Astrachan, Editor, Family Business Review and Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center

Author Biography

Richard Barnes is a practicing lawyer, author and regular speaker on business and estate planning. He is the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a past President of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, a past President of the Valdosta Rotary Club, a contributor to South Georgia Business magazine, a member of the Valdosta Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association. Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Valdosta State University, teaching a course on Business Associations.

Richard is a graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was the Senior Student Writing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He served as General Counsel for the Transmission Networks Systems Division of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. and practiced law at two Atlanta firms before joining a firm in Valdosta.

Table of Contents

Your Estate Planning Companion
1. The View From the Mountaintop
2. Identifying Your Goals and Concerns
3. Balancing Your Planning for Spouses, Children, and Stepchildren
4. You and Your Spouse: Talking It Through, Working It Out
5. Taxes
6. Tools and Techniques for Blended Families
7. Spouses of Unequal Wealth
8. The May-December Romance
9. Family Property
10. Choosing Executors and Trustees
11. Preparing for Disability and End-of-Life Decisions
12. Working With Lawyers
13. Keeping Your Plan Current
Appendix A: Sample Estate Planning Questionnaire
Appendix B: Sample Estate Plans

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