How is a Corporate Trustee Different?

Fri 25 Oct, by on Estate Planning

How is a Corporate Trustee Different?

In its simplest terms, a trust is a legal arrangement in which a trustee holds and manages assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. The trustee owns the assets, enters into contracts on behalf of the trust, manages the trust’s investments as its trustee, and follows the trust’s instructions on making distributions. A trustee can be one-person, multiple people, or a company. Duties of a Trustee The duties of a trustee are many, …

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The Importance to You and Your Family of Having an Estate Plan

Fri 4 Oct, by on Estate Planning

The Importance to You and Your Family of Having an Estate Plan

In 2008, Congress recognized the need for the public to understand the importance and benefits of estate planning by passing House Resolution 1499, which designated the third week of October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Nevertheless, according to a 2019 survey carried out by Caring.com, 57% of adults in the United States have not prepared any estate planning documents such as a will or trust despite the fact that 76% viewed them as important. …

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What Could the SECURE Act Mean For You?

Mon 30 Sep, by on Estate Planning

What Could the SECURE Act Mean For You?

If you have kept up with current events, you know that there is real potential for change to your retirement accounts. The Senate is working to pass new legislation that would help seniors prepare for their golden years more efficiently. Better known as the SECURE Act, Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement seeks to make Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) more appealing for Americans of all backgrounds. Though the legislation has not yet cleared the …

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HIPAA: An Overview for Young Adults

Thu 26 Sep, by on Estate Planning, Probate

HIPAA: An Overview for Young Adults

The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to provide guidelines to the healthcare industry for protecting patient information and privacy. For minors, this is a non-issue because parents, as legal guardians, have access to their children’s medical information and are the ones making most of the medical decisions, as well as paying the expenses. However, once the individual turns 18 years old, he or she is no longer a …

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Estate Planning for Your Automobile

Thu 19 Sep, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Estate Planning for Your Automobile

Have you considered what will happen to your car when you pass away? In 2019, it is projected that there will be 281.3 million registered vehicles in the United States. Your car is a valuable asset—as well as a potential source of liability—that you should consider in your estate plan. Cars can be owned or leased. The way they are handled after you die depends on these and other circumstances. There are some steps you …

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