Author Archives: Brett Hastings

The Power of the “Power of Attorney”

A “Power of Attorney” is an important legal document that grants to another person the legal right and ability to act on your behalf. Powers of attorney can be broad or narrow, depending on your needs.  A “general” power of … Continue reading

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Know Before You Rent!

With the advent of the sharing economy and websites such as airbnb.com and vrbo.com, many people have considered renting their primary or second residences to supplement income or defray maintenance expenses.  This practice can lead to disputes with neighbors and … Continue reading

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Co-Owners and Property Rights

We are often contacted by clients who find themselves in difficult situations because they purchased real property with a non-spouse third party such as a boyfriend, girlfriend, in-law, or child. The reasons for doing so are varied and usually good-intentioned. … Continue reading

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Will the Real Property Line Please Stand Up?

The advent of satellite and GPS technology has unexpectedly increased property line disputes.  Now that we can map property line descriptions with incredible accuracy, many land owners are discovering that the “old fence line” is not on the “real property … Continue reading

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Preparation – It’s Easier Than You Think!

As with many new undertakings in life, when you’ve decided to begin planning your estate, it’s easy to be left feeling overwhelmed, intimidated, and wondering where to start. Aside from finding an estate planning attorney, knowing what information you’ll need … Continue reading

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The State of Your Estate!

An “estate”, what’s that?  An estate is the sum of a particular person’s assets. This includes legal rights, interests in property, and money, minus all liabilities. The term “estate” is commonly used in reference to what a person owns when … Continue reading

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You’re a Trustee. . . good luck with that!

Okay, it might not be quite that bad.  But, if you have accepted or inherited the responsibility of “trustee” of a trust, you have very specific responsibilities.  By definition, trustees are people “entrusted” with the ownership of assets that they … Continue reading

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