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“So, what happens to your estate if you don’t have a will nor any children?” Just because you don’t have children or heirs doesn’t mean you should not write a will. If you decide to have children later on, a will can help protect their financial future. However, even if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Your house might be your single most valuable financial asset. So you want to make sure you can give it to those you love when you die, without giving up the farm. That can be tricky.” First Coast News’ recent article entitled “Deed named for former first lady could be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“What Is Cryptocurrency? Why Has It Been So Popular?” Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that can be used to buy online goods and services, explains Forbes’ recent article entitled “Cryptocurrency And Estate Planning: What Digital Investors Should Know.” Part of cryptocurrency’s appeal is the technology that backs it. Blockchain is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“It’s important to understand the VA benefits available to you before you separate or retire from military service.” There are a number of benefits available to veterans, including some critical ones you determine toward the end of your service. Military Times’s recent article entitled “Change of Mission: Understanding your VA... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“A pot trust is a type of trust that lists children as beneficiaries, with the trustee using his or her discretion as to how trust assets should be spent. If you have minor children, you might consider setting up a pot trust to meet their financial needs, if something should... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Those marrying at older ages should at least consider a prenuptial agreement, since both spouses may come into a marriage with significant assets, children, or both.” A “prenup” can spell out which expenses will belong to each individual and which will be for the couple. In addition, a prenup can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Women face unique challenges when planning for retirement. Making these mistakes can result in less income.” Money Talks News’ article entitled “3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make” says that typically women tend to make less money and live longer than men. This can result in lower Social Security... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Only about 35% of Americans have heard of 529 plans, according to the College Savings Plans Network. Of those, a mere one in four connect the plans with higher education savings.” You might think that tax-deferred savings is the main benefit, along with tax-free withdrawals for qualifying higher education expenses.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Usually when asked to be the executor of a family member’s estate, the person feels honored and trusted. It’s a big responsibility, since the executor will be carrying out a person’s final wishes.” If you are asked to be an executor, you should understand some of the duties it entails... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“You’ve inherited an individual retirement account, or IRA. Now what?” You can’t leave the money in an original IRA inherited from the deceased. There are several ways you can take the funds after inheriting either a traditional or Roth IRA. However, your options will be restricted by several factors. Note... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Some people might assume that estate planning is only for the wealthy. However, the reality is that anyone can, and should, engage in estate planning, regardless of wealth. Although creating an estate plan for same-sex couples isn't totally different than for heterosexual couples, there are some considerations that are unique... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Here's how to boost your home’s sale price and attract buyers in the digital age.” You don't need to plan on a lengthy renovation to sell your home and downsize. Smaller investments can help your windfall just as effectively. As most of us look at properties first from a laptop... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Many people have signed at least one power of attorney in their life. A power of attorney, which names a trusted family member, friend or advisor as your “attorney-in-fact” to control your assets, is meant to be used, if you are incapacitated.” Forbes’ recent article entitled “5 Power Of Attorney... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Your DIY estate plan might miss important details.” US News & World Report’s recent article entitled “6 Common Myths About Estate Planning explains that the coronavirus pandemic has made many people face decisions about estate planning. Many will use a do-it-yourself solution. Internet DIY websites make it easy to download... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Kelly Clarkson had reason to celebrate on Wednesday after learning that a judge has upheld the prenuptial agreement in her bitter divorce battle with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock.” News outlet TMZ reported that Kelly Clarkson was on the set of her TV show, The Voice, when she heard the news and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Think you won't qualify for life insurance in retirement? Guess again.” It's easier to qualify than in the past as underwriting has gotten better. There are options available in your later years, says Yahoo Finance’s recent article entitled “Retirees, It's Not Too Late to Buy Life Insurance.” Your health risks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Should we take Medicare or keep an employer health plan?” Let’s say that you work full time and have a very good medical insurance plan, but it’s costly, especially if you also have been covering the rest of your family. Say that the spouse is 60 and permanently disabled and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“What happens to taxes if I move to Florida and my wife stays in N.J.?” It’s not uncommon for one spouse to retire while the other spouse continues to work. It’s also not uncommon for a couple to own a home in two states (think primary residence and vacation home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“I’m a trustee selling a home in irrevocable trust for a parent who died. There are two beneficiaries who will get the sale proceeds with a stepped-up basis. I’m filing Form 1041 but do I still have to file a Form 1040 to report anything for the beneficiaries?” A trustee... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Minnesota State University, Mankato President Edward Inch announced today that Robert Larson of Leesburg, Florida, has donated $1.4 million to the University in honor of his late wife, Virginia Larson, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna, who taught elementary school for 12 years.” Florida resident Robert Larson of Leesburg recently donated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“A trust is a legal vehicle that allows a third party, a trustee, to hold and direct assets in a trust fund on behalf of a beneficiary. A trust greatly expands your options when it comes to managing your assets, whether you're trying to shield your wealth from taxes or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Charlie Daniels played his last show before the pandemic on March 13, 2020, at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall in Huntsville, Ala. Hunkered down at home in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., he spent the following months telling anyone who would listen — his son, journalists — that he couldn’t wait... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“In a lawsuit filed by Stacy Alley in a Tom Green County District Court, the woman alleges that her brother, Michael Gene Mowrey, ‘threatened her, by stating he was going to cut her throat and kill her.’” A lawsuit in Texas alleges that Michael Mowrey hit his sister Stacy Alley,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“Bob Ross definitely didn't make a happy little accident when handling his estate and his likeness after he died in 1995. He made a big mistake.” Like many painters before him, Bob Ross's image only took hold after his untimely death. He's now a pop culture icon, and is featured... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer
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“In her role as Philadelphia Register of Wills, Tracey Gordon has often heard people say they don’t want to discuss wills and estate planning with their relatives because they’ll think they’re out to get them, like it’s some elaborate and sinister plot torn straight from a Hollywood movie.” The Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2021 at Austin Estate Lawyer