When you are thinking about estate planning, you may solely focus on your decisions about final gifts. This is a reasonable way to look at it, but you should also consider the impact that an inheritance will have on each person that is on your list.The right way to transfer assets to one person may not be appropriate for the next. This is something you should discuss with an estate planning attorney before you make any final determinations.People With DisabilitiesIf you would like to use … [Read more...] about Consider the Impact of an Inheritance
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Far too many people procrastinate when it comes to estate planning, and there are many reasons for this phenomenon. One of them is the idea that you always have time to take care of it later on, and it is really not that complicated. You just state your wishes in writing in a will, and that’s the long and short of it.In reality, this is a gross oversimplification. When you plan your estate, you are arranging for the distribution of everything that you have accumulated throughout your life to … [Read more...] about Five Key Inheritance Planning Considerations
You owe federal income tax wherever you live. But your overall tax burden can vary dramatically depending on where you live. Read on to learn more.Best Places to Retire: State Taxation … [Read more...] about Best Places to Retire: State Taxation
Joint tenancy is a commonly used form of ownership between two or more people. It can be an easy solution. However, it can have drawbacks. Read on to learn more.Joint Tenancy Pros and Cons … [Read more...] about Joint Tenancy Pros and Cons
Most of us have an idea whom we’d choose to receive our assets at our death. But often we don’t contemplate what should happen if the people whom we’ve selected die before us. Read on to learn more about contingent beneficiaries.Whom Do You Want to Get Your Assets? … [Read more...] about Whom Do You Want to Get Your Assets?
The Sandwich Generation is torn between caretaking responsibilities for their minor children and their elderly parents. But first, they need to make sure they take care of themselves. Read on to learn more.Planning for the Sandwich Generation … [Read more...] about Planning for the Sandwich Generation
There are quite a few different acronyms used in the field of estate planning to shorten certain wordy terms. We are unraveling them one by one for our readers, and we explained the QDOT the last time around.In this post, we will dissect the QPRT, which is an acronym that stands for a qualified personal residence trust. To understand why you may want to consider the utilization of this estate planning device, you have to absorb some information about taxation.Federal Estate Tax and Gift … [Read more...] about What Is a QPRT?
One of the reasons why we always emphasize the fact that estate planning should be viewed as an ongoing process is because laws are subject to change. Some of them are relevant to estate planning either directly or indirectly.As a layperson, you are probably not going to be plugged into the possible inheritance significance of every legal step that is taken. This is our job, and when you come into the office for an estate plan review, we can look at your existing plan in light of any changes … [Read more...] about The SECURE Act May Impact Your Estate Plan
Basketball fans in Los Angeles were devastated by the news that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people were killed in a fatal helicopter crash.It is hard to process the information when you hear about people suddenly passing away before their time. Of course, if this type of event was to touch you directly, the shock would be indescribable.No one wants to learn in this manner, but the fact is, you can get a wake-up call when a tragedy strikes. This definitely applies to … [Read more...] about Lesson Learned From Kobe Bryant Crash