American Bar Association offers free legal tips

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 8, 2014—The American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law will present a free public webinar called “Estate Planning: How to Get Going and Why Not to Do It Yourself,” highlighting National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 19-25.

What:  
“Estate Planning: How to Get Going and Why Not to Do It Yourself” webinar

When: 
1 p.m. EDT, Oct. 23

Where:
www.estateplanhelp.org

In the webinar, legal experts will discuss how to get started with estate planning,including wills, powers of attorney and trusts, by providing a set of practical first steps.

Statistical studies show that 55 percent of Americans die without a will or estate plan. In this free program, legal experts will explain why simply signing a will or power of attorney with a “do it yourself” plan may be worse than doing nothing,costing a special needs family member the loss of government benefits or resulting in a former spouse mistakenly inheriting assets. The program is intended for the general public and does not require a background in the law.

The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, with more than 20,000 members, is the leading national forum for lawyers practicing in these fields. The Trust and Estate Division is concerned with all aspects of trusts, estate planning, tax planning for estates, employee benefits, insurance, probate and trust litigation, and related issues. The Real Property Division focuses on legal aspects of the ownership, use, development, transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and disposition of real estate.