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Estate Planning

Estate Planning is the process of determining how your wealth and assets should be transferred to the heirs of your choice: your children, grandchildren, friends, families, charitable causes, etc. and then deciding which legal tools and structures to use to best meet your estate planning goals.

Estate planning is not simply reducing or eliminating taxes and avoiding probate.  Only after establishing how you want your estate’s assets to be distributed should you consider ways to reduce taxes and avoid probate. From there, good estate plans deal with a host of other issues. Now, with all but a few estates exempt from the federal estate tax, those other issues are, or should be, at the forefront of estate planning.

An estate plan is to ensure that you are taken care of the rest of your life and that your wealth is transferred to the people you want to have it. A good estate plan ensures these goals are accomplished with as much efficiency and as little cost as possible. An estate plan addresses the management and distribution of an individual’s property and financial obligations after he or she dies with financial tools such as wills, revocable living trusts and power of attorney.

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Estate Planning Basics – The Importance of Updating Your Estate Plan in 2020

January 7, 2020

It’s now 2020, and many people still have their estate plans on the backburner. They know the estate tax has changed a lot in recent years, and probably will change again. Many believe that since today’s generous estate tax exemption exceeds the value of their estate, they don’t need to worry about an estate plan. That’s a big mistake, and needs to be emphasized. […]

10 Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes–And How to Avoid Them

January 1, 2020

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Some Notable Events That Grabbed My Attention This Week

December 26, 2019

I hope each of you is enjoying this holiday season and is looking forward to 2020. The Nasdaq closed with a gain on Christmas Eve. (Other major indexes declined.) That’s the 10th consecutive higher close for the Nasdaq. There have been two other streaks of 10 straight higher closes since the financial crisis. But there […]

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Free Estate Planning Basics Course – What to Know and Why

December 20, 2019

Estate planning can be challenging, but this free course on the basics of estate planning makes the process easier to understand. This free estate planning course is designed to educate people on the basics of estate planning. This free estate planning course breaks down the complex process of estate planning into smaller, more understandable parts. […]

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What Is the Probate Process and Why Is It Important for Estate Planning?

December 20, 2019

A critical part of your estate plan should include probate. Probate can be an expensive and time-consuming process, depending on the state and other factors. The largest expenses some estates face are probate and its related costs. Fail to account for this in your estate plan and 3% to 5% or more of your estate […]

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What Will and Estate Planning Documents and Estate Planning Forms Do You Need and Why Are They Important?

December 19, 2019

Estate planning is more important than ever. Estate planning is about seeing that your hard-earned wealth goes to those you want to have it, and in the most efficient way possible. Many people left their loved ones in difficult straits because they didn’t realize that, and many more are likely to do so in the […]

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The Ultimate Will and Estate Planning Checklist and Basics Guide

December 18, 2019

The Ultimate Estate Planning Checklist and Basics Guide – Table of Contents Identifying Loved Ones Assets and Property Non-Financial Issues Legacy The Will Estate Planning Documents Estate Asset Identification and Tracking Health Care Directives Financial Power of Attorney IRA and Retirement Beneficiaries Avoiding Probate Living Trusts QTIP Trusts Spouse’s Estate Considerations Life Insurance Business Ownership […]

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Estate Planning Basics: What is estate planning?

December 16, 2019

It is not avoiding taxes or probate. Estate planning is deciding how your wealth should be transferred to the next generation (or other heirs of your choice), then determining which legal tools to use to meet those goals. Only after establishing how you want the assets distributed do you consider ways to reduce taxes, to […]

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