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How To Plug the Leaks in Your Will & Estate Plan

December 3, 2019

Everyone needs a will… even if all your assets are owned by a living trust or held in joint title. It is unlikely that even if you have a living trust or other arrangement, all your assets will be covered by it. Any other assets will be covered by your will or disposed of according […]

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The Essential Estate Planning Questionnaire Provides Simple Questions in Preparing for Retirement

November 20, 2019

Estate Planning is not all about reducing estate taxes. That always was the case, but few people realized the importance of the non-tax factors until the 2001 tax law began the phase out of the estate tax. Every estate plan, regardless of the estate’s size, needs to address certain issues. Ignore these issues, and your […]

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Estate Planning – 10-Step Asset Protection Plan Part I

September 3, 2019

Taxes, the IRS, attorneys, and estate processing costs are not the only enemies of your wealth. More and more people are concerned about creditors, especially those created by lawsuits. With the estate tax not a concern for most, insurance coverage being reduced, and law suits increasing, many people are more concerned with this potential leak […]

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What Are the Most Used Definitions and Terms in Estate Planning and What Do They Mean?

August 16, 2019

Estate planning uses a wide range of terms and definitions. As a result, it is crucial that an individual understand the meanings of these terms and definitions to fully grasp the estate plan that is recommended and what it will do. An estate plan is created to ensure that you are taken care of the […]

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What Is Estate Planning?

August 16, 2019

What is Estate Planning – Contents: What is Estate Planning? Components of an Estate Plan The Will Probate Trusts Revocable Living Trusts Power of Attorney Medical Care Documents Other Estate Plan Documents Lifetime Gifts Life Insurance Burial and Funeral Estate Planning Mistakes Beginning the Estate Planning Process Estate Planning Forms and Documents Estate Planning Checklist […]

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How to Cut the IRS Out of Your Estate Plan

August 13, 2019

There are four basic strategies for reducing estate taxes: • Reducing assets from the estate • Removing future appreciation from the estate • Increasing deductions, and • Buying life insurance. Within those four estate planning strategies are many options. Not all will be appropriate for you. But below I discuss your estate tax reduction options […]

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5 Questions for Updating Your Estate Plan Part II

August 5, 2019

Last week, I shared with you Part I of my list of 5 questions for updating your estate plan. Today we’ll pick back up at number 3… 3. Here’s the third question about updating your estate plan… Where are you spending time? Each state has its own laws governing estates, trusts, property ownership, and powers […]

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5 Questions for Updating Your Estate Plan

July 30, 2019

Having an estate plan is important, but having one means only part of your job is done. A plan has to be complete and current. Not enough people have an estate plan, but of those who do… A high percentage let their plans become outdated. Sometimes having a plan that isn’t current is worse than […]

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