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Matthew Allan Quick

Matthew Quick’s Legal Guides

10 total

  • Introduction to estate planning

    Estate planning is a detailed process that provides several ways to carry out your wishes. These include powers of attorney, living wills, medical orders, wills, and trusts.

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  • Powers of Attorney

    Powers of Attorney are legally binding documents that designate and appoint a person (referred to as an attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of the individual planning his or her estate (referred to as the principal). These documents may give instructions on everything from religio...

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  • Wills

    A Will (also known as a Last Will and Testament) is a legally-binding instrument that, in the event of death, directs property and the care and custody of minor children. A Will does not direct all property in a persons estate while they are living, only the property that remains...

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  • Trusts

    A Trust is a legal arrangement where one person (the Settlor or Grantor) gives legal title of property to another (the Trustee) to hold for the use and benefit of a third-person (the Beneficiary). The Settlor is the owner of the property that is to be placed into the Trust, thus ...

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  • HIPAA

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (referred to as HIPAA) was enacted as federal law to address two main issues: (1) health care insurance coverage of employees and their families when the employees change or lose their jobs; and (2) the establishment...

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  • Probate

    Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of a deceased person. Settling a decedents estate involves making claims on behalf of the estate (collecting money owed to the decedent, bringing medical malpractice claims, etc.), resolving all claims against the estate (paying...

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  • Federal Tax on Sale of Main Home

    We seek to save, even while spending. With a little estate planning, we can continue this trend by saving on the tax imposed on the sale of our main home. It is understood that most of us do not currently pay taxes when our homes are sold, which is due to an exclusion that is giv...

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  • Real Estate Closings

    A real estate closing (also referred to as a settlement or escrow) is the culmination of a real estate transfer. The real estate closing is simply the meeting at which the buyer of a piece of property pays the amount promised in the purchase agreement and is deeded the real estat...

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  • Real Estate Taxes

    Real estate taxes are the main source of revenue for local municipalities, which are used to provide benefits and services such as schools, community colleges, police and fire departments, health care facilities, museums, water and sewer, roads and sidewalks, parks, libraries and...

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  • Real Estate Transfer Taxes

    Real estate transfer taxes are taxes imposed when property is transferred. In Illinois and Michigan the tax is assessed by an ad valorem (according to worth) tax that is based on the value of the property transferred. In some states, however, such as Vermont, a transfer tax is on...

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