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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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A “Defective” Trust That Saves You Money

November 1, 1999

Sometimes when Congress closes one tax loophole it creates another. This is especially likely when Congress doesn’t coordinate the income and estate tax sections of the law. That’s how complicated the tax law is. And it opens up an opportunity for you with “grantor trusts.” A grantor trust in the income tax law is one […]

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Effective Estate Planning Strategies

November 1, 1999

Almost no estate plan is a lost cause. An estate can be improved when it appears to be too late. In fact, heirs and beneficiaries can make some smart moves to reduce taxes even after the loved one has passed away. Whenever you are dealing with someone else’s estate, you should be aware that a […]

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New Rules Help IRAs Last For Decades

October 1, 1999

New rulings from the IRS make it easier to preserve your IRA for a generation or more. Your children and grandchildren can use tax deferral even longer, and IRAs can be customized for each heir. But you have to take action to benefit from these rulings, and you should leave instructions for your heirs. Otherwise, […]

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What A Will Can And Cannot Do

September 1, 1999

A will is one of the simplest yet most powerful documents you can write. A will can decide what happens to valuable property, even billions of dollars worth. It can decide who becomes the guardian of minor children, who controls a business or other entity, and how much of your wealth goes to the government. […]

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Tips on Handling Uniform Gifts to Minors Account (UGMAs)

August 1, 1999

I’ve been hearing a lot from parents and grandparents who set up Uniform Gift To Minors Act accounts for the youngsters and now have second thoughts. The problem with these accounts, as I’ve reported in past visits, is that once the child hits age 18 (21 in some states), the account is all his. There’s […]

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The Tax-Free Life Insurance Trust – An Estate Planning Strategy

June 1, 1999

There’s a big down-side to the boom in stocks and other financial assets. When the value of the assets you own goes up, so do potential estate and gift taxes. If you don’t take action, the IRS could end up with more of your estate than your loved ones. One easy way to handle the […]

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Estate Planning For Singles

May 1, 1999

Not everyone who puts together an estate plan is married. In fact, more and more estates are those of single people. A single person has Estate Planning considerations different from those of a married couple and actually might require more planning. Because the unique planning concerns of singles rarely are discussed, singles often make key […]

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Three Estate Planning Strategies To Build a Legacy with Roth IRA

April 1, 1999

You can leave your heirs the gift of almost perpetual tax free growth. That’s not a small gift, and it is one your heirs are likely to appreciate as each year passes. It is easy to do, thanks to Congress, and it won’t cost you much. The vehicle you use to set up this tax-free […]

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