Estate Planning

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....

How to Share Family History and Heirlooms with Your Estate Plan

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017
The best time to share your family history with loved ones is right now, before the memories are forgotten. The coming holiday season is a great opportunity to reminisce because you’ll probably have your loved ones nearby. While you can always pull aside children and grandchildren for a chat about family history, did you know you may also be able to use a personal property memorandum in your estate plan to pass along special memories and stories about specific items that are meaningful to you and connect your family with the past?...

How Do I Protect Rental Property That I Own?

Posted on: November 15th, 2017
How Proactive, Comprehensive Estate Planning Can Help A comprehensive estate plan should address all of your assets. For most people, an estate plan must include three common categories: (1) your home; (2) financial accounts, like your checking and savings account; and (3) personal property. Other types of assets - such as life insurance, retirement funds, and annuities - should also be considered as part of your estate plan. If you own rental property, however, your estate plan will be more complicated because there are some unique considerations....
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