Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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What's the difference between a will and trust?

I always thought a will was all you needed for an estate plan. But now I keep hearing about trusts. What’s the difference? How do I choose a trust?

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I always thought a will was all you needed for an estate plan. But now I keep hearing about trusts. What’s the difference? How do I choose a trust?

The Bump Expert

A will is a legal document that describes how you want your assets distributed when you die. How things get distributed is actually controlled by a legal process called probate -- that’s when the court controls and supervises the allocation, instead of your family members. You’ll want to avoid probate because it’s time-consuming and expensive owing to lawyer and court costs. You can stop the probate process by having an estate plan in place.

With a living (revocable) trust, you maintain control and can change the trust, or even dissolve it, for as long as you’re alive.

A key difference between a will and a living trust is that a will doesn’t take effect until you die, meaning it can’t offer you protection if you can’t make decisions because you’re in a coma or have a debilitating illness. With a living trust, someone you designate will take care of your affairs, not the court -- it’s not part of public record. It’s not protected from creditors (so if you owe money, creditors can take it out of your trust), and you’ll have to pay taxes on the income earned by the trust. You also can’t avoid estate taxes with a living trust.

Another option is an irrevocable trust, which can’t be changed or dissolved once it’s been created. You may have to pay gift taxes on the value of the property transferred into the trust, but all of the property in the trust is out of your taxable estate. Property transferred to your beneficiaries through an irrevocable trust will protect you from probate. Also, property in an irrevocable trust may be protected from your creditors.

To avoid probate, create a comprehensive estate plan. A comprehensive estate plan is more than just a will and a trust. Typically, it will contain a living trust, a pourover will (where all of your property goes to the trustee of your trust), an advanced health care directive (this is a power of attorney for health care), durable power of attorney and guardianship (if you have children who are minors).

Plus, more from The Bump:

How to choose a guardian?

How to Discuss Choosing a Guardian With Your Partner

How to Write a Will

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What's the difference between a will and trust?

Don't you think it's a bit sad to think of it? I'm sorry, I don't want to seem nosy but I have a friend who is really paranoid and that's why I react like this when I see people talking about death/ accidents and so on. She is always worried about everything around her! All she thinks about is that the next moment she can have an accident or make a heart attack; she even told me that she knows some Louisiana personal injury attorneys who can help her 'just in case' something happens. It's dreadful!

MalindaHartwig |

What's the difference between a will and trust?

I was never good with wills, although I've been married for five years now. I usually saved my money by ordering checks online, but I've never created a personal fund for a time when I won't be here anymore. I guess it's still a little painful to think about death.

Anakoni |

What's the difference between a will and trust?

My husband and I are planning on creating a good estate plan after we finish touring Phuket, because our belief is that we're too young to think about this now. We know you can never tell when your time is up, but we only have one life and we deserve to live it to the fullest, even if it's for a short period of time.

CheyanneEdith |

What's the difference between a will and trust?

Avoiding estate taxes with a living trust is a good idea, many people that ask for help the bankruptcy attorney in Fort Wayne don`t know about this but luckily Fred Wehrwein is a very competent attorney that explains such details to all his clients. Another solution would be to make a comprehensive estate plan that would provide protection for you and your family while you are alive and your family after your death.

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