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Power of Attorney: The Most Important Document in Your Estate Plan

June 29, 2018

The financial Power of Attorney (POA) could be the most important document in your estate plan. Yet, many people don’t have one. And many people who do have a power of attorney didn’t give it much thought and have inadequate documents. Adverse results can range from bills not being paid on time to trusted people […]

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Managing the Key Players in Your Estate Planning Strategy

June 22, 2018

In last week’s story, we reviewed the major potential “surrogates” in estate plans (the agents, trustees, executors, and others). Today we offer some pointers for reducing problems you may face with surrogate designations. Know all the surrogates you designated Review financial accounts, insurance policies, and estate planning documents to be sure you know who currently […]

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The #1 Rule to Follow in Your Estate Planning

June 15, 2018

There’s a time bomb ticking in many estate plans, possibly even in yours. You likely won’t even know if the bomb goes off… or, for that matter, how big the explosion will be. You see, the “bomb” is the person — or people — you name to act for you. Whether they act during your […]

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The 2 Most Common Causes of Estate Planning Failures

June 8, 2018

Many estate plans don’t produce the results the owners intended… Which is too bad — because most of these failures are preventable. The failures usually don’t spring from the tax strategies or language in the will. The failures most often result from the human side, or soft side, of Estate Planning. There are two main […]

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Legacy Planning & Your Estate Planning: Part 2

May 25, 2018

When it comes to legacy planning, it’s all about the details. Before deciding to make specific bequests or other gifts from your estate, consider these additional strategies discussed below. Beneficiary designations Bequests of cash or property from your estate often are not the most tax efficient way to make charitable gift. That’s especially true when appreciated […]

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Legacy Planning: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Legacy in Your Estate Planning

May 18, 2018

Not all gifts are created equal, especially charitable gifts. That’s why legacy planning can be a powerful part of your estate plan. You can leverage the benefits of your gifts, enhancing the financial security of yourself and your heirs while being philanthropic. Estate planners often refer to these strategies as planned gifts or planned giving. […]

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How to Write an Ethical Will for Your Estate Planning

May 4, 2018

Your estate plan is part of your legacy, but your legacy should be more than financial assets, material possessions and legal documents. For more and more people, the final touch to their estate plans is what sometimes is known as an ethical will. Others have called it a legacy letter, heritage will, family philosophy statement, […]

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How to Protect Your IRAs for Beneficiaries: A Simple Estate Planning Guide

April 6, 2018

How do you increase the odds your IRA will last for a long time? Be sure your beneficiaries know what they need to do! Many people have substantial balances in traditional IRAs. Often, a prime goal is for the IRA to help provide for the next generation or two. One way to do so is […]

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