Financial Advice for Retirement, Social Security, IRAs and Estate Planning

Estate Planning Basics

Found 175 Articles.
Get access to 304 articles by subscribing to Retirement Watch and Retirement Watch Spotlight Series.

estate plannig

Can Your Children Answer These 8 Estate Planning Questions?

February 25, 2019

Many estate plans fail, and often not because of any flaws in the documents or the plans. Estate planning failures frequently occur in the implementation and execution. Especially important are actions taken by others, often your children. They’re likely to be the ones putting key parts of the plan into action, not you. So to ensure […]

The Charitable Remainder Trust: How to Protect & Stretch Your IRA

September 19, 2018

The number of people naming charitable trusts as IRA beneficiaries is climbing, and for good reasons. Typically, IRA beneficiaries are individuals, often the surviving spouse or the adult children of the owner. The goal often is to create a Stretch IRA, with the beneficiary taking only required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year so the tax-deferred […]

estate planning

The “Financial Emergency Kit” Every Estate Planing Strategy Needs (Part 2)

August 10, 2018

In Part 1 of this article I talked about the importance of having a Financial Emergency Kit, along with a few of its essential elements. So this week, let’s continue the discussion and review the other important elements that make up your Financial Emergency Kit, starting with: A letter of instruction, which can be valuable […]

estate planning

The Financial Emergency Kit: How to Build a Complete Estate Planning Strategy

August 3, 2018

Many people think they have estate plans… but oftentimes it turns out they really don’t. I’m not talking about those who haven’t done any planning and don’t even have a basic will. I’m talking about people who have taken action on their estate plans — and yet have plans that are woefully incomplete. You see, […]

Estate Planning Without Wills & Trusts – Part 2

July 20, 2018

In Part 1 of this article, I shared some of the avenues through which you can ensure transfer of assets without the need for wills and trusts. So this week, let’s continue the discussion with more ways to avoid probate and transfer property… starting with: Bank accounts. Though once obscure, payable on death (POD) bank accounts […]

estate planning

How to Manage Your Estate Planning without Wills & Trusts

July 13, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that many estate planning goals can be accomplished without wills and trusts. In fact, using other tools can spare you some of the expense and complications of wills and trusts. These strategies also cause the assets to avoid the delay and expense of probate, transferring the title of each […]

Estate Planning

Estate Planning to Improve Your Financial Power of Attorney

July 6, 2018

It’s one of the most overlooked and understated pieces in most peoples’ estate plans… The power of attorney. And it’s so much more than simply deciding who manages your affairs when you can’t. So today let’s review more tips on how to navigate this vital step in the estate planning process. Which actions can the […]

estate planning

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 […]

Log In

Forgot Password

Search