What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

When planning for death, most people assume they will die before their beneficiaries (e.g., their spouse, children, and grandchildren). While these assumptions are often well-founded, they do not always come to pass. Sometimes a beneficiary of an estate or trust dies before the person leaving the inheritance. If this has happened to you, you may [...]

By |2021-04-09T12:29:50+00:00April 9th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

Seven Ways to Avoid Family Fights over Your Property

Ask a group of friends if they have experienced a family fight over property after a loved one has died, and you will be in for a lively and eye-opening conversation. Far too many families end up fighting, or at least experiencing tension, over a family inheritance. But it does not have to be that [...]

By |2021-03-19T20:24:45+00:00March 19th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Seven Ways to Avoid Family Fights over Your Property

How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan

Conversations about death and dying are rarely fun. Most people avoid them because they invoke feelings about our inevitable demise. Broaching this subject can be particularly difficult for parents and their adult children. Adult children may avoid bringing up the topic because they do not want to think about their parents’ mortality, and they may [...]

By |2021-03-12T18:16:34+00:00March 12th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on How to Talk to Mom and Dad about Creating an Estate Plan

Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound

When an individual passes away, tax issues are one of the many things that must be considered. For most individuals who pass away, a final income tax return must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state (if the particular state also taxes income) to settle any income tax liability that may exist. [...]

By |2021-03-05T16:00:37+00:00March 5th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Estate Tax Returns—Not as Scary as They Sound

Why Your Heirs or Beneficiaries May Receive a Smaller Inheritance Than You Thought

Although it is rare for anyone to look forward to the passing of a loved one, many people cannot help wondering about a future inheritance. Often when a person dies and leaves money or property to heirs or beneficiaries, the first thing the heirs or beneficiaries want to know is the overall value of the [...]

By |2021-02-26T19:32:57+00:00February 26th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Why Your Heirs or Beneficiaries May Receive a Smaller Inheritance Than You Thought

Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Timeshares have come a long way since they first arrived in the real estate market back in the ’70s. In the early days of timeshare ownership, high-pressure sales tactics, exceedingly vague contracts, and inflexible scheduling policies caused many people to quickly regret such purchases. Over time, however, timeshares have become more consumer-friendly with greater transparency [...]

By |2021-02-12T16:51:47+00:00February 12th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Should You Own Your Timeshare in Your Trust?

Ways to Leave Your Real Estate to Your Loved Ones (and the Pros and Cons)

Owning real estate continues to be a very popular investment vehicle for individuals and couples alike. One attractive feature of investing in real estate is that investment property can also double as a personal residence. In other cases, real estate investments may be rental, recreational, commercial, or farm properties. Whatever the case, it is important [...]

By |2021-02-05T21:51:33+00:00February 5th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Ways to Leave Your Real Estate to Your Loved Ones (and the Pros and Cons)

You Inherited a Retirement Account: Now What?

For decades, common financial planning wisdom has encouraged almost all American workers to maximize their contributions to qualified retirement accounts. Indeed, doing so can be a powerful way to reduce your current income tax liability, grow your savings exponentially tax-free, and, in most states, protect your savings from claims of creditors. And by and large, [...]

By |2021-01-22T15:14:41+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on You Inherited a Retirement Account: Now What?

Severing Joint Ownership of Property

One of the most common forms of property ownership in the United States is joint tenancy with rights of survivorship (JTWROS or joint tenancy). But what is joint tenancy? Joint tenancy is a legal right to property that provides the owner an undivided right to the enjoyment of the property. In other words, one joint [...]

By |2021-01-15T14:18:08+00:00January 15th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Severing Joint Ownership of Property

My Loved One Has Died: As an Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?

You just found out that your favorite aunt, Aunt Melba, has died. In the midst of your grief and sadness, you receive a notice from the attorney handling Aunt Melba's affairs stating that you are a beneficiary. Your best friend advises you to get an attorney. What should you do? Will Aunt Melba's attorney help [...]

By |2021-01-08T21:38:51+00:00January 8th, 2021|Estate Planning|Comments Off on My Loved One Has Died: As an Heir or Beneficiary, Do I Need an Attorney?
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