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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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How to Maximize Power Of Gifts in Your Estate Planning

November 1, 1998

Gift-giving season is on the way. Many people use this time of year to make not only the traditional holiday gifts, but also to make gifts as part of their estate plans. Annual gifts are a powerful part of any estate plan. If you are going to make gifts, you might as well get the […]

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Use Estate Planning to Build a Legacy (Trust)

October 1, 1998

Trusts aren’t just for the super wealthy anymore. IRS statistics show that the average trust has about $250,000 in it, not exactly Rockefeller territory. That’s because many people have learned that trusts can be useful for even middle class families. One way to use a trust is to build a legacy that will last for […]

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5 Worst Estate Planning Mistakes

August 1, 1998

When I was growing up in suburban northern Virginia, near our home in the midst of the developing sprawl was a large, untouched tract of land in a prime location. Despite the obvious money to be made in developing the land, it sat for a couple of decades. Throughout northern Virginia, similar tracts could be […]

Estate Planning Strategies for Tax-Wise Funding of Grandchild’s Education

August 1, 1998

Grandparents and their adult children agree: A critical concern for both is how to pay for the education of the grandchildren. The grandparents, of course, can help. By using the tax law effectively, you can help pay for a grandchild’s schooling with the lowest cash outlay possible. Last year, Congress created the Education IRA. These […]

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7 Simple Estate Planning Strategies To Protect Assets

July 1, 1998

I’ve never been a big fan of offshore trusts and other exotic strategies to protect your assets from lawsuits and creditors. They are expensive, you might have to deal with questionable people, and it is not even clear the strategies really work. Some recent cases show that these strategies don’t exactly build a rock-solid fortress. […]

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Estate Planning Steps For Saving The Family Business

June 1, 1998

It’s time I had a talk with the business owners out there. The sad fact is that, even if you follow all the Estate Planning advice I give, few of those businesses will survive to benefit your children. And a scant few will benefit your grandchildren. But that doesn’t have to happen. Lack of preparation […]

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Escape Hatches For Estate Planning Trusts

June 1, 1998

It doesn’t take much to ruin a great estate plan. Many great plans, completed with careful work and good intentions, turn to disasters because of one simple decision – the wrong trustee was selected. Instead of being grateful that their parents and grandparents worked hard to provide for them, heirs become bitter and even resentful. […]

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The Estate Planning Tool Of The Decade

May 1, 1998

A good solution to many Estate Planning and asset protection problems is a trust. In past visits I’ve told you about many different types of trusts and the problems they can solve. But what I haven’t focused on is where to set up your trust. This question is almost as important as the type of […]

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