Estate Plan: Living Trust vs. Will

Preparing an estate plan ensures that your assets will go to those you want to receive them after your death. There are two types of documents that are essential to estate plans you can create that will complete this task; a living trust and a will. While serving the same main purpose of naming beneficiaries […]

5 Estate Planning Tips for Keeping Taxes Down

While it may seem like a long way off, estate planning is the best way to ensure your assets are distributed the way you want. But while you may want certain family members to receive certain aspects of your estate, you also don’t want to leave them with a large tax bill. Many parts of […]

Living Will vs. Durable Power of Attorney

Ensuring that your personal and financial affairs are in order for the future with sound legal planning is the best way to protect your interests. At France Law Firm, we’re passionate about understanding your personal situation to create the legal provisions that are best suited for you. A large part of this is protecting your […]

Nine Smart Strategies for Tax Planning

Contrary to popular belief, tax planning isn’t something that you just leave for the end of the year and again in April. Though it’s easier to pay your taxes and forget about them until next year, a mid-year review can help to make sure that you’re not overpaying. A mid-year review also allows taxpayers to […]

Steps to Take During a Tax Audit

Make sure that the audit is real.
Fraudulent tax examinations do happen, believe it or not, and fake tax audit notices have only increased in frequency in the recent years. If the first contact is something other than a written letter, there is a very good chance that it is not legitimate, and you need to […]

What To Know About a Living Will

A living will, despite its name, is not at all like the wills that people use to leave property at their death. A living will, also called a directive to physicians or advance directive, is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their […]

Probate Litigation: Part Two

Here is the continued part in our series regarding probate litigation. We hope you enjoy, and contact France Law Firm with any questions if you’re seeking assistance.

Dysfunctional Families

The term dysfunctional family is often used by lawyers who handle probate litigation (one of my former law partners liked to explain his practice by saying he represents “dysfunctional […]

Probate Litigation: Part One

The terms “contested matters” and “litigation” are often used interchangeably. Both refer to situations that may require court action to resolve a dispute or fix a problem. Some contested matters do not involve animosity between the parties, while others definitely do. If the matter surfaces because of a person’s death or mental incapacity, then any […]

What Could Happen if You Don’t File Your Taxes

Making sure to file your taxes is important, but some people watch that deadline fly by without even noticing it. For some reason or another, they don’t file (or pay what they owe) by the deadline, and there are definitely some consequences to that. Here are some things that can happen as a result of […]

Protect Your Loved Ones with a Living Will

Most people do not think about starting a living will until they are in their older years, or ill. However, there are many benefits of having a living will, and you could end up regretting not taking the time to make one out. Life is unpredictable and often uncomfortable, which is enough reason for adults […]