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Give Wealth and Still Protect It

February 1, 2006

Many people know why making gifts is part of most estate plans. Yet, they hesitate to make the gifts, because they see potential pitfalls. They fear that the gifts might be spent unwisely or wasted. The donee could squander the assets on gambling, substance abuse, or other activities. Or the wealth could be well-managed for […]

The Most Overlooked Deduction

December 1, 2005

Those who inherit IRAs often are not aware of a deduction they can take to shelter IRA distributions from income taxes. Even most tax experts do not understand “income in respect of a decedent.” Most skip over the topic in school and expect not to run into it. But with so many people owning valuable […]

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Is a Perpetual Trust for You?

October 1, 2005

Recent laws are making it easier to use dynasty trusts to make wealth last for multiple generations. Not too long ago creating a dynasty trust that lasted for generations was difficult. Those of us who took Estate & Trusts in law school tried to learn the intricacies of something called the Law Against Perpetuities, complex […]

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How to Leave a Legacy

October 1, 2005

In our past discussions of estate planning, I often have emphasized that estate planning is the process of building a legacy. When people think estate planning is about money, property, and death, they tend to ignore the process. When they realize it is about values and other elements of building and living a legacy, they […]

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IRAs for Grandkids

September 1, 2005

Grandparents can give a big boost to the finances of their grandchildren who earned money from summer jobs. They can help make contributions to a Roth IRA and begin building a tax-free nest egg. A contribution to a Roth IRA can be made by anyone who has earned income and whose adjusted gross income is […]

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Starter Funds for the Grandkids

June 1, 2005

Grandparents who want to begin modest accounts to benefit their grandchildren face fewer choices. Many grandparents would like to invest a small amount of money for a grandchild and add a little to it each year. After a couple of decades or more, the grandchild will have a nice sum of money to pay for […]

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How to Help Children or Grandchildren Buy a Home

February 1, 2005

One of the best gifts is to help an adult child or grandchild buy a home. Unlike cash or investments, a gift related to a home cannot easily be squandered or sold to buy something frivolous. When the child or grandchild is making a significant contribution from his own assets through at least future mortgage […]

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Popular Strategy Ruins Estate Plans

February 1, 2005

Many people naively subvert their estate plans, creating nightmares for their heirs and bonuses for the taxman. The situation is easy to cause, but also is easy to fix. The problem is that few people realize the importance of the wording of the legal title to their assets. Yet, this simple decision, often made without […]

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