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America's entitlement programs that were designed to alleviate elderly poverty, are beginning to benefit the wealthy more than the poor. That creates a challenge for lawmakers who need to change the programs to keep them solvent. Social Security and Medicare have been extraordinarily successful in achieving their primary purpose of... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Washington Estate Planning
In the U.S., almost all adoptions are for the purpose of raising a child. That is not the case in Japan. From a tax collector's perspective, the estate tax can be a very inefficient way to raise money and limit dynastic wealth. People have successfully found all sorts of ways... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Washington Estate Planning
James Baldwin has long been seen as one of the most interesting and elusive figures in American literature. Scholars have always wanted to know more about his personal life. They now have that opportunity. James Baldwin is back in fashion. His literary works are again selling copies and inspiring other... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
With Congress expected to take up major tax reform soon, there has been a lot of talk about what will happen to the estate tax. Little focus has been given to the gift tax, but it also is important. The gift tax is often thought of as a check on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
Community property can have important benefits for the purposes of keeping property in a family. Nine states recognize community property and two states allow for a type of trust that grants them. In the popular imagination, the term "community property" is often viewed negatively. This is because the context in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
Every state in America has its own estate laws. That means that your state of residence when you pass away, can make a big difference to your estate. When it comes to estate planning for wealthy people in the U.S., considerable attention is given to the federal estate tax. So... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Washington Estate Planning
The apparent suicide of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez put an end to his legal battles, but complicated the battles for his estate and the families of his victims. The former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murdering three people and was in jail pending an appeal, when... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
These are times of great economic disparity. While some people blame the wealthy and consider them greedy, many wealthy people are, in fact, looking for ways to stop accumulating things and to help others. The reality of life in the U.S. and the world at large is that a great... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Michael Jackson's estate is usually seen as a case-study of everything that can possibly go wrong when a family starts fighting over an estate. It can now also be seen as evidence that sometimes wounds created when families fight over estates can be mended. No recent celebrity estate has been... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Our elder care institutions, laws and practices are designed with an assumption that a certain societal structure exists. Elder care must change to deal with new realities. From the time of America's founding, most American families were structurally the same. A man and woman would get married and have kids.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
As the overall population in the U.S. continues to get older, more people are becoming victims of elder financial abuse. The federal government and many state governments are trying to stop it. The epidemic of financial abuse against older people has gone mostly unnoticed by policymakers for a long time.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A cemetery in Slovenia offers tombstones with digital screens that replay scenes from the departed's life. Famous people have always been comparatively well-remembered after they pass away. In a sense, death does not give them the opportunity to be forgotten. The good and bad things that they did in life... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
When a loved one passes away, the process of administrating an estate can be extremely trying on the family. Some families fall apart due to the fighting that occurs. However, it does not have to be that way. Administrating an estate can bring families closer together. One of the biggest... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
As people get older, they naturally began to have more memory problems. However, there are a few elderly people who do not lose memory as fast as their peers and have the mental capabilities of far younger people. Researchers call them super-agers. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
As people get older, they naturally began to have more memory problems. However, there are a few elderly people who do not lose memory as fast as their peers and have the mental capabilities of far younger people. Researchers call them super-agers. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Actress Carrie Fisher passed away long before filming began on Star Wars Episode IX, a film in which she was contracted to appear in her iconic role as Princess Leia. Fans have wondered if Fisher would still make an appearance in the film and if so, how? Carrie Fisher had... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A new study confirms what many previous studies have found. Too many Americans are not properly planning for their estates. This study offers some results that suggest why that could be dangerous. Study after study has shown that many Americans do not have estate plans. BMO Wealth Management has released... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Some wealthy people in the Silicon Valley are searching for ways to live forever, if they choose to do so. If they are successful, it has major implications for society. The idea that human beings could live forever has been with us for a long time, possibly since the very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Slightly over a third of the people in the U.K. say that they want to be remembered most for their senses of humor after they pass away. If you ask people what they would most like to be remembered for after they pass away, you are likely to get a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
The largest generational transfer of wealth in history is starting to happen. It is important that families talk and make plans for it. In the next couple of decades, the world will see what many are calling the "Great Wealth Transfer." Trillions of dollars will flow from wealthy Baby Boomers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act for now at least, the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans have set their sights on tax reform. The first major item on the agenda for the new Trump Administration and the Republican majority in Congress was to repeal Obamacare. However, with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
The fact that people can expect to live longer than was normal in the past, means that different preparations need to be made. The average life expectancy of Americans has risen for the last century and especially so in the last few decades. Many experts expect that it will continue... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
Michael Jackson's estate has become notorious for its many ongoing legal battles, including feuds between family members and a long fight with the IRS. The estate was recently victorious in one battle. The estate of Michael Jackson has seen more than its fair share of legal disputes. It is likely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
A reality TV personality is suing her stepsons for what she claims is an attempt to steal a home belonging to her late husband that should rightfully belong to her. The Real Housewives reality TV series is well-known for the family drama it produces. Viewers seem to appreciate seeing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning
It is obvious that elderly people are not children. However, many elderly people with dementia are often treated as if they were young children. That can be harmful to them. Everyone can tell when another adult is talking to a very small child or a baby, even if they do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Washington Estate Planning