Leaving assets to your adult children or other beneficiaries may seem simple. But in many situations, it can be quite tricky. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Leaving Assets Can Be Tricky
Life insurance is included in the taxable estate typically. A trust is a great way to remove the value of life insurance from the taxable estate. But there are two potential traps in this. The prior article examined the first trap, the three-year lookback of Section 2035. This article will examine how the Transfer for Value rule can make life insurance taxable. Read on to learn more about how to avoid the income taxation of life insurance. Read on to learn more … [Read more...] about Removing Life Insurance Without Triggering the Transfer for Value Rule
This is the second in a three-part series of articles on Powers of Attorney. The first article examined the Financial Power of Attorney. This second article examines the Healthcare Power of Attorney and Advance Directive. Read on to learn more … [Read more...] about The Basics: “HIPAA” Powers
Sometimes people overlook estate planning tools that can be very useful for them, because they harbor certain misconceptions. One of them is the notion that you lose control over assets that you convey into any type of trust. This is not the case when it comes to revocable living trusts. Ongoing Control If you convey assets into a revocable living trust, you do not lose control. The person creating the trust is referred to as the grantor, and the grantor will typically act as the trustee and … [Read more...] about Do You Still Control Property in a Living Trust?
Life insurance is included in the taxable estate typically. A trust is a great way to remove the value of life insurance from the estate. But, there are two potential traps in this. Read on to learn more … [Read more...] about Removing Life Insurance from the Taxable Estate
Powers of Attorney are part of even the simplest estate plan. A Power of Attorney allows your Agent to act for you. There are Powers of Attorney for financial matters and also those for health care. Read on to learn more … [Read more...] about The Basics: Financial Power of Attorney
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?
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
A lot of people know that they should take action to put an estate plan in place, but they procrastinate for one reason or another. It stays on the back burner for years, and the years turn into decades. In far too many instances, these individuals pass away without ever getting around to it. When this happens, the condition of intestacy is the result. Under these circumstances, there is a government mechanism in place to respond, and we will look at the process here. Intestate Estate … [Read more...] about Don’t Let the State Plan Your Estate
The coronavirus has caused upheaval in society and the economy. But, this unique time also opens up opportunities in estate planning. Read on to learn more. Low-Interest Loans: An Estate Planning Technique … [Read more...] about Low-Interest Loans: An Estate Planning Technique