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Sunday, June 7, 2009

"Estate Planning for Blended Families" by Richard E. Barnes published

Barnes_Book Richard E. Barnes (Elliott, Blackburn, Barnes & Gooding, P.C, Valdosta, Georgia) has recently published his book entitled Estate Planning for Blended Families: Providing for Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage.

Here is the publisher's (Nolo) description of this book:

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.


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