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Using Your Estate Plan to Organize Your Online Accounts

Posted by Neil Tyra | May 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Even before the pandemic, The Tyra Law Firm was a mostly virtual law practice. Sure, we still have an office downtown, but we like to use technology to keep our practice versatile. That way, we are able to serve families that are too busy to come downtown in the middle of a workday. By using a va...

Revisiting Your Living Will in Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Neil Tyra | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week, like many of you, I have been thinking about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have recently become infected with COVID-19. Chances are, you know someone who falls into this category. Whether those individuals experience relatively minor symptoms, the virus knocks them out for...

What Does Virtual Estate Planning Look Like?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Apr 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

In recent weeks, I have been posting about how estate planning has increased in urgency as a result of the coronavirus. I've talked about why you need an estate plan, why now, and how to start having these important conversations with your loved ones. Each time I write about beginning the process...

Consider Charitable Giving as a Part of Your Estate Plan

Posted by Neil Tyra | Apr 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

In this time of social distancing, you may be noticing an interesting phenomenon. I know I have. What I'm noticing is that, the more we are asked to remain socially distant from one another, the more we draw closer as a community. In the past few weeks, I have seen an outpouring of charitable giv...

Incorporating Intellectual Property into Your Estate Plan

Posted by Neil Tyra | Mar 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

As you prepare your estate plan, the most obvious assets that jump to mind are likely things like heirlooms, real estate, and bank accounts. However, you may be overlooking some of your most valuable assets. Your intellectual property has value, and it is just as important to include in an estate...

What Coronavirus Could Mean for You and Your Loved Ones

Posted by Neil Tyra | Mar 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

In just the past few weeks, the coronavirus scare has risen to new heights. Of course, we should be careful during flu season every year. This year, however, the threat to health and wellbeing is elevated by a potential pandemic. Does this mean it's time to panic? No, it does not. But, there are ...

What Happens To Debt When I Die?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Very often, clients tell us that they wish they hadn't waited so long to start the estate planning process. It can seem scary or overwhelming, and there are a lot of reasons people put it off. One of the most common is that people want to wait until they have achieved certain financial goals befo...

Top Five Estate Planning Mistakes

Posted by Neil Tyra | Feb 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

What are we always talking about on this blog? Having an estate plan, right? But, just having a plan in place isn't always enough. For that plan to work properly when you need it, it needs to be comprehensive, carefully drafted, and thoroughly reviewed. Your goals need to be thoughtfully laid out...

What’s Included in a Maryland Advance Medical Directive?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Feb 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

You have probably heard the term “Advance Medical Directive” before. You may even have heard it here, on The Tyra Law Firm blog. But, do you fully understand what's included in an Advance Medical Directive? Are you clear on why you need one now, regardless of your family structure, accumulated we...

The Future Is Not Guaranteed

Posted by Neil Tyra | Feb 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

“In a world of diminishing mystery, the unknown persists.” -Jhumpa Lahiri Every few weeks, I take a moment to reflect on the deeper meaning of my work. I do this to check in with myself and to realign my firm's mission with the needs of my clients. Whenever I do so, I think of the unknown. As an...

Wait! Before You Put Your Documents Away…

Posted by Neil Tyra | Jan 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are few good things about tax season. Sure, occasionally you might find yourself on the good side of a refund. Or you might get the chance to clear out your jam-packed receipt drawer. But other than that, tax season is pretty much a drag. On top of everything else going on in your life, you...

Prepare To Plan – Estate Planning Checklist

Posted by Neil Tyra | Jan 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

A question that I often get is about how to prepare for putting together an estate plan. I know that the thought of “getting organized” can be daunting. Take a look at this simple checklist I put together. Remember, you do not need to gather every document on this list before starting on your est...

What’s Your Estate Planning Personality Type?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Jan 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

In my years of working as an attorney, I've seen every type of client imaginable. Truth be told, there isn't much that can surprise me anymore. On the contrary, I typically see the same basic personality types again and again in my estate planning practice. That's not to say that these clients ar...

Could Your Loved One be the Victim of Elder Abuse?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Jan 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

As our parents age, it can be painful to realize that they are no longer able to do everything for themselves. Whether they need some help driving, performing household chores, or caring for their finances, it is important to recognize when the elders in your life need help. Of course, recognizin...

Are You Starting a New Job in the New Year?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here we are. The last few weeks of 2019, and the new decade is right around the corner. Do you have anything new and exciting coming up in 2020? Often, the start of a new year brings with it some big changes. What about changes in your work life? Are you starting a new job? Getting a promotion? T...

‘Tis the Season for Estate Planning

Posted by Neil Tyra | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

At The Tyra Law Firm, we care deeply about our clients and their families. From our perspective, estate planning is all about love, and we are committed to helping our clients show their love by providing for and protecting those they cherish. But, like most things, there are two sides to every c...

Estate Planning for Newlyweds

Posted by Neil Tyra | Dec 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

‘Tis the season! Yes, the season for holiday cheer. But it's also engagement season! As the planning begins for your big day in the new year, remember to include estate planning on your list. From the moment you “kiss the bride (or groom),” break the glass, or bind your hands together, your relat...

Are You Traveling Internationally This Holiday Season?

Posted by Neil Tyra | Nov 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Traveling the world is an exhilarating adventure, and it can be especially magical around the holidays. Planning for a trip across the globe is fun and exciting, but thinking about estate planning while plotting the course of your big adventure can be decidedly less exciting. Although estate plan...

Give Thanks With A Thoughtful Estate Plan

Posted by Neil Tyra | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

What are you Thankful for this Year? Thanksgiving is the first spark of the holiday season, and before we head into the merriment, joy, and yes, sometimes stress, we are given the opportunity to pause and consider what we are thankful for. What are you most thankful for? The loved ones in your li...

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