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The Pros and Cons of Powers of Appointments

Thu 13 May, by on Estate Planning, Probate

The Pros and Cons of Powers of Appointments

An often misunderstood but common estate planning tool that can appear in estate planning documents is the power of appointment. Not to be confused with a power of attorney (the document that allows you to delegate certain powers to an agent to act on your behalf while you are still living), a power of appointment can be an incredibly useful tool if used properly and knowledgeably. A well-considered power of appointment allows you to maintain …

National Home Remodeling Month: Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

Wed 5 May, by on Estate Planning, Probate

National Home Remodeling Month: Can I Remodel My Own Estate Planning Documents?

Do you know that, according to the National Association of Home Builders, May is National Home Remodeling Month? Many people associate spring with cleaning out the old, brushing off the dirt accumulated from the long winter, and starting projects around the house that have been neglected for far too long. Perhaps, however, your home is fine as is and you need a remodeling project for something other than your home. Estate planning is one area …

Estate Planning for Professional Athletes

Wed 28 Apr, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Estate Planning for Professional Athletes

In sports, success frequently brings significant monetary compensation. While this is a dream come true for most individuals, it is important to take the right steps to safeguard this hard-earned money. Most people assume that the biggest challenge is spending beyond one’s means. While this can cause many problems, it is not the only issue that athletes need to be aware of and plan for. Your Off-Court or Off-Field Penalty: Taxes There are several types …

Options for Establishing and Transferring Your IRA to a Loved One

Fri 23 Apr, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Options for Establishing and Transferring Your IRA to a Loved One

Now, more than ever before, Americans are using a variety of tax-deferred accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs to save for retirement. And while the laws are currently designed so that people must start withdrawing the money when they retire, it is not uncommon for many of these accounts to still have significant value at the owner’s death. As a result, a huge amount of accumulated wealth is just waiting to be passed on to …

Estate Planning for Unmarried Partners

Thu 8 Apr, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Estate Planning for Unmarried Partners

According to a 2019 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 7 percent of surveyed adults were living with an unmarried partner, up from 3 percent in 1995.[1] More people are entering long-term, committed relationships without getting married. Unfortunately, state and federal laws do not protect unmarried couples as they do married couples when it comes to inheritance, taxes, and decision-making powers. Therefore, it is important that you engage in comprehensive financial and estate planning, …

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