Estate Planning

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Beneficiaries Estate Planning

What Should I Know about Beneficiaries?

Whenever you open a financial account, you’re almost always asked to name a beneficiary. Simply stated, a beneficiary of the account is someone who is entitled to the benefits of the account, typically, on the death of the account holder. If you’ve purchased life insurance, for example, you name a beneficiary who receives the benefits of the policy when you pass.

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Children Estate Planning

How Do I Include Care for My Children in Estate Planning?

Parents should make sure they have arrangements in place for the care of their minor-aged children, when planning their estates…

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Family trust Estate Planning

What Do I Need to Know about a Family Trust?

A trust can be used to manage estate taxes, shelter assets from creditors and pass on wealth to future generations. A family trust is a specific type of trust that families can use to create a financial legacy for years to come. There are several benefits to creating one, although not every family necessarily needs one. If you’re curious about where this type of trust might fit into your family’s estate plan, here’s what you need to know.

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Start my estate plan Estate Planning

How Do I Start My Estate Plan?

Estate planning design and implementation is not only complex but can be highly emotional. Therefore, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the estate planning process, before approaching a professional.

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Give my kids the house now Estate Planning

Should I Give My Kids the House Now or Leave It to Them in My Estate Plan?

Adding an adult child to your house deed, or giving them the home outright, might seem like a smart thing to do. It usually isn’t.

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What to know about Trusts and estate planning Estate Planning

What You Need to Know about Trusts

Generally, if you own property, have life insurance and/or have other assets which total over $150,000 (including life insurance and real property), you are a candidate for asset protection.

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Difference between revocable and irrevocable Estate Planning

What’s the Difference between Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts?

Before taking a closer look at revocable and irrevocable trusts, it helps to know what a trust is. In simple terms, it’s a legal entity that allows you to transfer assets to the ownership of a trustee.

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our estate planning process Estate Planning

Can You Place a Life Insurance Policy in a Trust?

A trust is often only as good the trustee in charge of it. Read on, as we examine the important role of the trustee and discover how to make sure yours is acting correctly, especially with complex instruments like insurance.

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Elder financial abuse Estate Planning

Elder Financial Abuse and Fraud

Take, for example, the sad and sordid tax case of Mary Ellen Cranmer Nice vs. United States of America, which would not have existed if an attentive financial advisor hadn’t noticed the large IRA distributions that were allegedly stolen right from under a matriarch’s nose.

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Reviewing Wills and Trusts Estate Planning

Update Wills and Trusts at These 12 Times in Your Life

It is also important to realize that it isn’t merely ‘why’ you are updating your will, but ‘when’ you are updating that can make all the difference.

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