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Four Provisions People Often Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

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Even if you’ve created an estate plan, are you sure you included everything you need to? There are certain provisions that people often forget to put in a will or estate plan that can have a big impact on a family. 1. Alternate Beneficiaries One of the most important things your estate plan should include is at […]

How You Can Help Your Loved Ones by Planning Your Funeral Arrangements

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When an individual passes away without a funeral plan, responsibility for arranging the funeral often falls on the deceased’s close family members, such as surviving spouses and children. Planning your own funeral arrangements can assist your loved ones in an emotionally challenging time, while also protecting them from incurring extraneous costs. According to the National […]

How Long Should I Hold on to Important Documents?

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It is hard to know what documents to trash and when. Before you know it, your spare room, office, basement, or garage is overflowing with boxes of papers that all seem important. Trying to weed through the mess and figure out what to toss? Keep reading. Which Documents Should I Keep? There are some documents […]

The Ins and Outs of Estate Sales

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Following the death of a family member, you may find yourself needing to sort through many possessions accumulated over the deceased’s lifetime. An estate sale is one way to distribute those items that you do not want or need quickly and efficiently. While selling someone’s furniture, jewelry, artwork, antiques, and other belongings yourself can mean […]

Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust Right For You?

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What is a GRAT? Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) ­are a mechanism by which wealthier individuals and couples can transfer appreciating assets to their heirs and minimize gift or estate taxes. High-net-worth individuals and couples can use GRATs to freeze the value of their estates and transfer any increase in the value of their assets […]

What You Should Consider Before Scattering a Loved One’s Ashes

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Saying goodbye to a loved one is heartbreaking. Making final arrangements can be overwhelming, and knowing what you are allowed to do to fulfill your loved one’s wishes is important, but it can also be confusing. If the person you lost wanted to be cremated and have their ashes spread, you should know where you […]

How Changes to Portability of the Estate Tax Exemption May Impact You

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On July 8, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance that allows a deceased person’s estate to elect “portability” of their unused gift and estate tax exemption for up to five years after their death. So, if your spouse passed away less than five years ago, you may be able to file an estate […]

How to Deal with an Estranged Child in Your Estate Plan

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Unfortunately, not all families get along. If you are having problems with one of your children, you may not want them to benefit from your estate. There are several strategies for dealing with an estranged child in your estate plan. Depending on the level of estrangement and the reasons for the estrangement, the following are […]

Dynasty Trusts: A Tax-Efficient Way to Pass Wealth Down Through the Generations

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If you want to pass money to future generations without having it subject to gift and estate taxes, then a dynasty trust may be right for you. A dynasty trust allows trust assets to be used for the benefit of multiple generations while keeping the assets out of the grantor’s and the beneficiaries’ taxable estates.  […]