Has the Covid-19 pandemic cast a shadow of fear and uncertainty over your life? This year, in the face of a global pandemic, National Estate Planning Awareness Week offers an opportunity to learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your business, even in the face of a looming health threat like Covid-19. Estate planning can...
If you own more than one home, what determines your legal residence? If you work or go to college across state lines, which state can you legally call home? Such questions depend on where you are domiciled, or the place where you maintain a permanent residence. You can have more than one home, but only one...
It may be no secret that we live in a litigious society. Business owners, people worried about an expensive divorce, working professionals who operate in a legally treacherous environment, and others, are all potentially at risk of devastating lawsuits. Did you know, however, that a Domestic Asset Protection Trust is one way to protect yourself? First,...
Did you know that Individual Retirement Accounts are outstanding tools for a broad range of Americans to prepare for their post-working years? They are not, however, without drawbacks. Understanding the pros and cons of these popular investments can help account holders decide whether to contribute more during this year’s extended deadline. Due to the COVID-19 crisis,...
Baby boomers – an iconic slice of American history. Making up almost 20% of the United States population, baby boomers are reaching retirement age in large numbers. As they retire and eventually pass away, they stand to pass on more than a good name or a quirky family legend. In fact, baby boomers are expected to...
With an eye toward reducing their potential federal estate tax, Malcolm and Helen began reviewing their estate plan. As they discussed options with their estate planning attorney, they learned about the annual gift tax exclusion. The Annual Gift Tax Exclusion According to current IRS guidelines, individuals may make gifts of up to $15,000 per person (as...
The personal representative of an estate has an important job. One of the most important parts of that job is locating and gathering probate assets. Finding a decedent’s car and house may not be hard, but what about items that are stored somewhere, such as personal property, cash or bitcoins? The job may be harder when...
When you consider the goals of estate planning, typically people want to pass on their property and assets to their loved ones. People may preserve wealth by careful investments in rare coins, fine art, exclusive real estate, and other items estimated to maintain or increase in value. However, wealthy individuals may need innovative and comprehensive strategies...
Trusts generally consist of a grantor or settlor, a trustee, and at least one beneficiary. Every trust also has another characteristic – a purpose. Trusts may be established to save taxes, protect assets, provide for someone with special needs, or distribute wealth to current and future generations. For Standalone Retirement Trusts, the purpose is to serve...
In her long and illustrious career, Aretha Franklin hit many milestones:  first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, winner of 18 Grammys and a host of chart-topping albums and singles. When she passed away on August 16, 2018, she was added to the long list of celebrities who failed to leave...