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How to Use a Trust to Save Your Inheritance from Your Heirs, Beneficiaries and Kids’ Mistakes

November 30, 2017

Too often inheritances aren’t handled well. The kids, no matter their ages, often aren’t prepared to handle the money. It might be dissipated by expenses, taxes, creditors, bad decisions, and more. This article recommends preserving your estate by giving it to a trust instead of outright to your children. It lists the advantages of trusts […]

5 Ways to Enhance Your Legacy with Beneficiary Bequests and Charitable Gifts and Trusts

November 27, 2017

Legacy planning can be a powerful part of your estate plan. Not all gifts are created equal, especially charitable gifts. You can leverage the benefits of your gifts, enhancing the financial security of yourself and your heirs while being philanthropic. Estate planners often refer to these strategies as planned gifts or planned giving. Often, gifts […]

Two Types of Trusts That Won’t Die

October 23, 2017

After the federal estate tax was repealed for most estates, many observers said two popular trusts no longer would be needed. They were wrong. These trusts are as valuable as ever. Benefits that once were considered ancillary now are important to many estates. Though no longer created primarily for estate tax reduction, these trusts can be essential […]

Power of Attorney vs. Living Trust

September 1, 2017

Which is the best way to protect your assets, smooth the transition of your estate and make life easier for you and your heirs: the Power of Attorney or a revocable Living Trust? Most estate plans need both a power of attorney and revocable living trust. The real issue is which should cover the bulk of your assets? Over the years, I’ve heard from […]

Trusts as IRA Beneficiaries: Reaping the Benefits, Avoiding the Pitfalls

April 26, 2017

There are many good reasons to name a trust as an IRA beneficiary. But there also are some hazards to avoid. Trusts can make an Inherited IRA last longer. Through the trust terms and appointment of the trustee, you control how much money is distributed to the trust beneficiaries. For example, the trust can retain […]

The Dangers of Picking the Wrong Trustees

April 4, 2017

Most estates have a trust or two, especially as the estate is more valuable. People spend a lot of time working with their estate planners on the details of the trusts. Yet, picking the trustee or trustees often is an overthought. That’s a big mistake. This article describes how the estate of one of the […]

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5 Best Options for Meeting Estate Planning Goals Without Wills and Trusts

November 10, 2016

Many Estate Planning goals can be accomplished without wills and trusts. Using other tools can spare you some of the expense and complications of wills and trusts. These strategies also cause the assets to avoid the delay and expense of probate, transferring the title of each asset automatically to the person you intended. But these […]

The Little-Known Estate Planning Advantages of Revocable Trusts

May 19, 2016

Many estate planners recommend revocable Living Trusts to their clients. Often simply called living trusts, the tool has been around for centuries. Despite its longevity, many people don’t realize the many advantages of using living trusts in their estate plans. Usually living trusts are recommended as a way to avoid probate, and they are one […]

April 2021:
Congress Comes for your Retirement Money
A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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