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The Best Strategies for Financing College

July 1, 2001

Forget all you’ve learned about helping to pay for college. The rules for most people aren’t what you’ve heard. College is so expensive, especially at private schools, that most students get some form of financial aid. Some of the schools boast about the percentage of students who get aid. Even loans are financial aid, and […]

Six ways to help buy a home

Six Ways To Help Buy A Home

June 1, 2001

Buying that first home is one of the things that makes a person believe he or she is on the path to success and security. For today’s young people, buying that first home can be hard. In many areas, real estate prices continue to climb, and most young people graduate from college owing student loans. […]

Is a living trust for you

Is A Living Trust For You?

May 1, 2001

Visit any area with a lot of older Americans, and you’ll see plenty of ads for free seminars on Living Trusts by lawyers and financial profes-sionals. Recently, the seminars even sprouted up in my area and seem to be spreading. There aren’t too many lawyers who will go to the trouble of presenting a free […]

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Don’t Spread Affluenza to Your Heirs

March 1, 2001

Many people who have accumulated some wealth are torn over the issue of how much to give or leave to their heirs. They prefer to leave a meaningful legacy and help their heirs be financially secure. But they also are afraid the wealth will hurt the recipients. The debilitating effects of wealth are real and […]

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How to Pay for a Grandchild’s Education

January 1, 2001

Perhaps the best use of any excess wealth you have is to pay for a grandchild’s education. There are many ways to do that, and I have covered them extensively in the past. In this visit I’d like to explore three of the better tax-advantaged strategies. You might be able to deduct at least a […]

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Best Ways to Help Grandchildren

December 1, 2000

One of the best tools you can use to help a child or grandchild is a Roth IRA. Created as retirement accounts, you can’t do better for estate planning and transferring wealth. You’ve probably heard the advantages of Roth IRAs. Earnings of the Roth IRA are not taxed, and neither you nor your beneficiary pays […]

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How To Multiply Gifts And Write Offs

December 1, 2000

You can get major tax benefits by making a charitable contribution now instead of through your will. And you can do that without crimping your standard of living. Even better, with a little creativity, you can leverage that tax deduction into a charitable contribution that far exceeds your cost. Here’s how it works. You have […]

Secrets of Effective Gift-Giving

Secrets Of Effective Gift-Giving

November 1, 2000

To paraphrase Archie Bunker, from a holiday episode of “All In The Family,” the gift-giving season is at our throats again. Gifts are a great estate planning tool, because they get property out of your estate and to your heirs ? and the gifts can avoid taxes. Let’s look at ways to ensure these gifts […]

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