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If someone dies in Canada, and her heirs live in New Jersey, are there any estate inheritance taxes owned? A recent article from nj.com’s asks for advice if “My sister died in Canada. Will I owe inheritances taxes to New Jersey?” Unless the sister owned property in New Jersey, any... Continue reading
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A national credit union association sent a letter for the record to the Senate Special Committee on Aging stating its support of efforts to protect seniors from financial exploitation. CUNA, the Credit Union National Association, wants to see more help for seniors, who are targeted victims of elder financial abuse... Continue reading
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It’s not a concept that everyone agrees with: your kids will be ruined if you leave them a lot of money. However, for many celebrities, especially those who came from modest beginnings, this is the best way to ensure that their kids are not spoiled brats. Sometimes we learn about... Continue reading
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If estate planning had a different name, like planning for aging or planning for sickness and death, people might not think that an estate plan is only for wealthy people. However, the legal term “estate” means everything you own. A humble homeowner needs an estate plan as much as, or... Continue reading
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The cost of paying for special needs care depends on the type and intensity of each individual’s condition. Planning for care, including the use of Special Needs Trusts, can help families manage costs and plan for the future. The financial needs of a loved one with special needs can be... Continue reading
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For people who like to plan and don’t trust anyone else to get the details right, estate planning and even funeral planning can provide peace of mind. If you watched the funeral of the former President George H. W. Bush, you may have noticed how smoothly everything went. Every detail... Continue reading
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Live long enough, and you learn that life can change in a heartbeat. Young adults don’t always know this, but they need to have an estate plan as much as older people. Whether you are a Baby Boomer or a millennial, you need to have an estate plan. With the... Continue reading
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You know that health care, taxes and not saving enough for retirement can derail retirement. However, what about the risks you never saw coming? Consider these three risks to retirement says Wealth Advisor in the article, “The Three Risks To Prepare For In Retirement.” They are a little less obvious... Continue reading
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Among the top three reasons for an estate plan are to make sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, helping your loved ones from having to pay more taxes than necessary and if possible, avoiding having your estate go through probate. When there are minor children or... Continue reading
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It sounds crazy, but there are many good reasons why someone would not want to receive an inheritance. Making sure that you are not forced to receive assets must be done very carefully, so you’ll need an estate planning attorney on your team. An estate waiver, also known as an... Continue reading
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There are opportunities to trade options using Roth IRAs, but investors must follow many of the rules that apply to traditional IRAs. That includes restrictions on withdrawals and limitations on certain trading strategies and the types of securities that can be traded. From the time they were introduced, Roth IRAs... Continue reading
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Now you can direct your funeral from the great beyond, if you live in the Wolverine State. Here’s a concept that is perfect for people who like to be in charge: about two years ago, Michigan enacted a law that lets you name a funeral representative, a person who is... Continue reading
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Often overlooked, the beneficiary designation can help move assets directly to heirs without going through the probate process. Many accounts and financial products allow the owner or investor to designate a beneficiary, who will receive the asset directly when the owner passes away. This is something that most of us... Continue reading
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529 college savings plans are a great way to fund a college education and they can now also be used for other educational needs. However, they can also be part of your estate plan. Before exploring a new use for a 529 plan, let’s start with how it has been... Continue reading
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Maybe you made your first million in a crowdfunded start up, and now you’re working with venture capitalists on your next big idea. If marriage is on your event horizon, you may need a prenup. Not every tech-savvy entrepreneur makes millions, but many millennials are finding themselves in the right... Continue reading
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It’s one thing to fight with a sibling over toys when you are young. However, as adults, and more to the point, as an executor, there’s no room for tantrums or not acting in the best interests of the beneficiaries. An executor who refuses to sell an inherited home, is... Continue reading
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To help plan for retirement, it helps to move from asking global questions, like “Can I afford to retire?” to more specific questions, like “What’s my monthly cost of living right now?” Sometimes retirement planning is so overwhelming that people just shrug their shoulders and hope that things work out.... Continue reading
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To make sure that your wishes are carried out, you’ll have to do your homework. Make sure that you cover these most important documents. The last thing you want to do, is leave a bureaucratic mess for your loved ones when you die. Not only will it cause the family... Continue reading
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Sandberg is donating her entire stake in SurveyMonkey to charity, in the shape of shares or the proceeds of sales of those shares. The Facebook COO and SurveyMonkey board member has embraced the Giving Pledge. You don’t have to give away millions, or billions, to be philanthropic. In fact, if... Continue reading
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Life insurance can be useful in paying off debt, covering funeral costs and serving as a useful resource so that estate proceeds or any one person’s savings don’t have to be tapped. Life insurance may be the least sexy part of the transition from one farming generation to another, but... Continue reading
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It’s understood that everyone needs a will. However, many people put it off. Don’t be one of those people. Your family will remember, and it won’t be a happy memory! Celebrities aren’t the only ones who fail to plan for their passing. The difference is, their failures can become instructive... Continue reading
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The big picture presented by the National Institute on Retirement Security is not a good one. Working Americans are completely unprepared for retirement. The National Institute on Retirement Security is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the development of public policies that help retirement security in America.... Continue reading
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Everyone’s needs are different. For most people, one large policy is enough. However, what if your life is not like everyone else’s? How do you know how much coverage you need? Most people never really think about adding more life insurance, once they buy a policy. They figure they have... Continue reading
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If you’re living on your retirement savings, while waiting to start taking Social Security benefits to full retirement age or even age 70, you might be costing yourself thousands in taxes. It’s annoying. There’s no way around it. You’ve worked your whole life, and paid taxes on those earnings. Now... Continue reading
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We’re not talking about what happens to your soul, or if you are headed to a peaceful place, or even what happens to your physical remains. Have you thought about what happens to the world you leave, your family and friends and your possessions, after you die? Let’s say you... Continue reading