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Trained as a lawyer and CPA, Bob Carlson shares his original estate planning research on the pages of Retirement Watch.

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New Estate Planning Strategy: How To Use Life Insurance To Pay Estate Taxes

June 2, 2020

Sometimes the traditional strategies to reduce estate taxes are not practical or appealing. It might be difficult to give away an asset in increments over the years to make tax-free gifts. Or you might want to retain control of your assets for life. There are a lot of reasons why someone might not want to […]

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How to Shelter Your Estate Plan from Disasters, Part II

May 12, 2020

The devastating effect the coronavirus outbreak has had on economic conditions inspired me to share with you a 7-step checklist on how to shelter your estate plan from disasters in last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly. Today, I’ll complete that checklist… Step 4: Document your property. To recover all or most of what you […]

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How to Shelter Your Estate Plan from Disasters

May 5, 2020

It can happen to any of us… It doesn’t have to be a historic outbreak, hurricane, flood, or wildfire. You could be at risk from a broken water pipe, a tree falling on your home, or some other event. Bottom line: You don’t want short-term events to cause a permanent reduction in your financial security. […]

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The Dynasty Trust: How It Works

April 28, 2020

In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, we discussed the advantages dynasty trusts can bring to your retirement and to the inheritance you leave your heirs. You can find last week’s issue here. Today, I’ll tell you the next steps to take after the trust is created. Once it’s created, there are many options […]

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How To Set Up a “Dynasty Trust” for Your Estate Plan

April 21, 2020

Dynasty trusts have been a mainstay of estate planning for a long time. They are a standard way to ensure family wealth is preserved and grows through several generations. Avoiding taxes has been a strong incentive to create a dynasty trust since the beginning of estate and inheritance taxes. Given that background, it would be […]

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How To Craft the Perfect Last Will & Testament, Part 2

April 7, 2020

In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, we discussed ways to construct a will to maximize the inheritance you pass on to your heirs. Part I can be found right here, and we’ll continue exploring this topic below. Know your Children & Anticipate Issues with Your Estate Naming the oldest adult child as executor […]

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How to Craft the Perfect Will for Your Estate Plan

March 31, 2020

It doesn’t take much to tarnish a gem of an estate plan, and with it your legacy. A misplaced word, missing clause, or miscommunication between lawyer and client can send your will and your ordered estate plan spinning into chaos. You can avoid such a fate. Follow these last will and testament guidelines, and you’ll […]

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Understanding the Risks of Estate Plan Mistakes and Neglect

March 17, 2020

Many people have their estate plans on the backburner. Two fairly recent cases show why procrastinating about or neglecting an estate plan is dangerous. In the first case, a family corporation’s ownership was divided among the husband, wife, and two adult sons. The wife passed away first. There apparently was no will, and no estate […]

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