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Charitable lead trusts fall into the general category of trusts that benefit charities. Sometimes known as CLTs, these special trusts allow generous donors to give money to charities for years, then benefit relatives or friends. Continue reading
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If you are planning on signing a buy-sell agreement for your business, you may wonder about how to fund it properly. There are a few different ways to fund buy-sell agreements, including using personal or business money, borrowing money, making gradual payments, or finding insurance. Continue reading
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When setting up a trust, sometimes it is beneficial to name two or more trustees in the trust document. You may want or need several trustees for better trust management, to head off family disputes, or “just in case”. Better Trust Management One reason to name multiple trustees is to... Continue reading
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Under some limited circumstances, someone could wear two hats as a trustee and beneficiary of the same trust. While it is technically possible to set up your trust this way, you may want to consider alternatives. Continue reading
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If you feel like you are in over your head when dealing with a relative’s estate, you may need a lawyer’s help. Lawyers who work in the areas of trusts, probate, and estate planning can assist you with legal issues that arise with the estate. Continue reading
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Retirement can be a challenging time for unmarried women. Continue reading
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If expenses for the kids have been reduced, you have a chance to make your financial situation stronger. Continue reading
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At what point does asking for loans, become elder financial abuse? Continue reading
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Families that include relatives or children with difficulties or special needs must consider care and support for them in the future. You have a few options for estate planning that take into account your family’s particular situation and which needs you aim to meet. Is a Support Trust Right for... Continue reading
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If you live together, there’s a good chance of stronger financial security and support. Deborah Knox, who is 75 years old and has Parkinson’s disease, decided she needed some help in order to remain living in her home. She decided to seek a roommate and successfully avoided assisted living, according... Continue reading
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In Silicon Valley, GRATs are an increasingly popular estate planning tool that come with significant potential tax savings. If you are unfamiliar with the grantor retained annuity trust, learn about the basics of how to use it in your estate plan. Continue reading
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What happens if you suddenly cannot make your own decisions? A Health Care Directive Can Become Real Important, Real Fast Continue reading
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When you create a charitable remainder trust, you initiate a plan to give the trust assets to a charitable organization at some time in the future. A charitable remainder trust (CRT) could be a great addition to your estate plan, depending on your goals. What Is a Charitable Remainder Trust?... Continue reading
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Who will work in the business? Who will control the business? There are many, many more questions. Continue reading
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When disputes related to a trust arise, you may not know where to turn for help. You could be dealing with a major communication problem, a breakdown in a family relationship, or a financial issue. Here are some suggested first steps. Know Your Rights When a conflict or issue arises... Continue reading
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Are you prepared to take over your parents’ budget, if the time comes? Your parents are now seniors and after years of taking care of you, they now need your help. Where do you begin? That’s the question asked in the Daily Times’ article “Senior Life: What a nightmare! Untangling... Continue reading
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A QTIP trust is a special kind of trust that allows you to provide for your spouse and also preserve assets for your children. The term “QTIP trust” stands for Qualified Terminable Interest Property trust. When Should You Consider Setting Up a QTIP Trust? People often refer to QTIPs as... Continue reading
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Social Security, private saving and pensions…plus one more leg to stabilize the chair. It may be the time for some to scrap the three-legged retirement tool and go with four legs, in order to be protected from the financial situations that can develop, according to News Max in “New ‘4-Legged... Continue reading
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If you have significant debts that you cannot pay off, then you need to account for creditors in your estate plan. The idea that your debts will disappear when you die is, in most cases, simply incorrect. Your debts and your creditors stick around, often reducing inheritances if you do not plan ahead. Continue reading
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The time is right to take a fresh look at that plan. Continue reading
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You have heard of various retirement strategies. It might be time to take a closer look. Continue reading
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A will is crucial to asset distribution. However, so is a beneficiary designation. Continue reading
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When you want to keep your business or other assets in the family, a family limited partnership can act as an estate planning tool to help you accomplish your goal. What Is a Family Limited Partnership? A family limited partnership (FLP) is a type of limited partnership. In a limited... Continue reading
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It is best to keep your POA up to date, so it can be used when it is needed. Does your Power of Attorney read “and”? Does it read “or”? Better be sure and better be up to date, so it does not face rejection, according to The Mercury in... Continue reading
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While you are planning your estate, make sure you plan for the future of your business too. A business buy-sell agreement can give you peace of mind about who will succeed you in running any kind of business. What Is a Business Buy-Sell Agreement (BSA)? A business buy-sell agreement, or... Continue reading