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Even though many gifts no longer make tax sense, 529 plans remain viable options for both estate tax exclusion and income tax reduction, without much complexity and cost. Which gifts make sense for taxes these days? Consider your options. Before recent changes to the federal estate tax exemption amount (i.e.,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Wills, health care directives, lists of passwords to online accounts. By now, most people know they should prepare these items — even if they haven’t yet — and make them available to trusted family members before the unthinkable, yet inevitable, happens. While getting estate planning items in order is more... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Schwab-Pomerantz and Cuthbertson, who is publishing director at Schwab, have put together a comprehensive guide that will help you plan for retirement. If you need to plan for your retirement, you may feel overwhelmed to even start the process. What steps do you need to take first? What type of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
On September 4, 2014, comedy icon Joan Rivers passed away. It's no secret that Rivers hoped for a funeral that rivaled her lifestyle: big and over the top. Craft services. Paparazzi. Meryl Streep crying in five different accents. These are just a few of the wishes the late Joan Rivers... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
After nearly 20 years of litigation and fighting in the press, the conflict between the estates of Anna Nicole Smith and her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall has been resolved. Another celebrity estate battle gives us another valuable estate planning lesson. A recent article, titled "Anna Nicole Smith’s Estate... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
In a decision issued September 30, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with AARP and told HUD to find a way to shield surviving spouses from foreclosure and eviction. A recent Elder Law Answers article, titled "Feds Move to Protect Some Surviving Spouses of Reverse... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Death is emotionally difficult enough without discovering that you have no idea what digital assets a person had or what they wanted done with them. A growing concern among those wishing to properly manage their digital estate is "digital death," which questions what is an asset or special relationship—and how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
The most important thing for any patient with a long-term illness is to focus on his overall health and mental outlook. Having financial plans in place allows a patient to set other worries aside. How do you plan for future illnesses or tragedies? The "what ifs" of life are all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Lauren Bacall's loss of husband Humphrey Bogart when her children were young does point to some of the issues surviving spouses face when there is a difference of age of 20 years or more. Of course, May-December marriages don't only happen in Hollywood, and the resources and circumstances can be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
David Cutner, partner at Lamson & Cutner, attorneys for the elderly and disabled offered the following tips for both estate planning and long-term care for boomers. A recent Fox Business article reported that the majority of seniors are completely in the dark on one of the biggest financial risks they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Constantly in the news, it seems like there is a new scam making headlines. One surprising area in which scams are becoming more common is estate planning. Each year, more people fall victim to unscrupulous and unqualified sellers of ineffective estate planning documents. Often, these scammers are door-to-door salesmen or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
If for no other reason, you need a will to name an executor (or executrix). So, do you really need a will? Yes. Really. A recent Forbes article titled "Do I Really Need a Will?" recommends that you should have a will to at least designate an executor or executrix... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Losing a loved one is a difficult experience. Yet, during this time, you must complete a variety of tasks and make important financial decisions. The following checklist may help guide you through the matters that must be attended to. If you have lost someone you love, it's difficult to know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Today, ordinary income plus various other taxes could boost the effective tax rate on those second-level RMDs well over 40%. Who knows what tax rates might be in effect when current clients eventually pass their IRAs to future generations? Some individuals choose to have partial Roth IRA conversions so they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Given the widespread health, legal, social and economic implications of elder abuse, the Elder Justice Roadmap Project sought the input of experts and stakeholders from across the country in order to develop a strategic resource — by the field and for the field — to combat elder abuse, neglect and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Although their names are confusingly alike, Medicaid and Medicare are quite different programs. What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? There are strict income and asset guidelines that must be satisfied to be eligible for Medicaid coverage. While Medicare is solely a federal program, Medicaid is a joint state-federal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Manziel is living in the moment and enjoying himself, which is something that Namath did throughout his career, continued Mr. Beatrice. We see a potential problem, however, with his outgoing and festive behavior, and it is not directly related to his abilities on the field. Let's talk about the possibility... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
After traveling to Mexico for spring break, Alex developed a severe intestinal bug that landed him in the college infirmary. Franc rushed to visit him there, only to find that doctors refused to discuss his son’s condition, citing privacy concerns. If you have a college-aged child, you may need to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
...As with hard drives, our limited shelf life requires that we make the most of each day while also planning for a peaceful transition. Having loved ones struggle with managing unorganized financial affairs with no assistance only prolongs grief and blemishes fond memories. Why do most of us give more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Some people decide, as Robin Williams apparently did, that it's better to hand down wealth to adult children while you, the parent, are still alive. (Of course, you have to have more than enough assets for yourself to be able to do that.) One benefit is that you will have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Why would parents procrastinate on something that it so important to their family’s well-being? The fact of the matter is that life insurance and estate planning are two topics that most people just don’t want to talk about. It is no fun to think about your own demise and picture... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
His Will was written before the birth of his last two children and never updated; thus, his estate plan is completely silent about his wishes for them. The actor's death also highlights the effect that marriage can have on an estate plan. It seems that once a high-profile celebrity passes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
No one wants to leave their heirs with a mess to sort out or fight over. Here's a look at the top six things to remember when you're estate planning for a blended family. If you are remarried, how does the new marriage affect your estate planning? There are many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Your first step? Take stock of all your assets. These include your investments, retirement accounts, insurance policies, real estate and any business interests. According to CNN Money's "Identifying your assets" (i.e., part of its Money Essentials Series), a good first step for estate planning is to review and inventory all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning
Who will be your child's guardian, and who will be the guardian of your estate? Experts say it's a difficult decision many families agonize over, and there's no one-size-fits-all scenario. In the event that you pass away suddenly and unexpectedly, what will happen to your kids? Just the thought of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Redlands CA Estate Planning