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After Tax Reform, Is Estate Planning Still Necessary?

Posted on: February 8th, 2018
The new tax legislation raises the federal estate tax exemption to $11.2 million for individuals and $22.4 million for couples. The increase means that an exceedingly small number of estates (only about 1,800, nationally) will have to worry about federal estate taxes in 2018, according to estimates from the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. So, you may be wondering, is estate planning even still necessary? To put it simply: Yes!...

Are Payable-On-Death Accounts Right For You?

Posted on: February 1st, 2018
A payable-on-death account, also called a POD account, is a common way to keep bank and investment accounts out of probate, the court-supervised process that oversees distributing a deceased person’s property. Most people want to avoid their estate going through probate because their heirs will receive the inheritance faster, privately, and at lower cost. Is a POD account an appropriate solution for your needs? Let’s examine what POD accounts do and how they fit into the overall picture....

High Deductible Health Plan? How Your Health Savings Account (HSA) Works with Your Estate Plan

Posted on: January 29th, 2018
If you’re enrolled in a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you must consider how your health savings account (HSA) fits into your estate plan—especially to make sure that any hard-earned money left in your HSA when you die goes where you want it....

Estate Planning 101: The Basics

Posted on: January 26th, 2018
In preparation for the upcoming tax season, you may have already begun gathering some paperwork, like you property tax bill, year end mortgage statement, or final pay stubs.. Although filing your income taxes is different than putting your affairs in order, you’re already in paperwork “mode”, so now is the perfect time to reassess your legal and financial situation to create a new plan or update an existing one that no longer suits your circumstances....

Could money I lent to my family be an asset?

Posted on: January 25th, 2018
Many children and grandchildren are skipping the traditional bank and obtaining loans from parents or grandparents. Unfortunately, we have all heard stories of families torn apart because of disagreements over money. So, what can you do to make sure your intra-family loans help — rather than hurt — your family?...

What is a Spendthrift Trust? Why is it great for my estate plan?

Posted on: January 19th, 2018
There are many tools that can be used when putting together your estate plan. One such tool is a trust. A trust is a fiduciary arrangement, established by a grantor or trustmaker, which gives a third party (known as a trustee) the authority to manage assets on behalf of one or more persons (known as a beneficiaries). Since every situation is different, there are different types of trusts to ensure the best outcome for each beneficiary. One type of trust, known as a spendthrift trust, is commonly used to protect a beneficiary’s interest from creditors, a soon-to-be ex-spouse, or his or her own poor management of money. Generally, these trusts are created for the benefit of individuals who are not good with money, might easily fall into debt, may be easily defrauded or deceived, or have an addiction that may result in squandering of funds....
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