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How a Trust Can Help Protect and Pass Real Estate to Your Heirs

You may think that trusts and estate plans are only for the wealthy, but if you own real estate (including the home you live in) then your family could benefit from the protection and direction a revocable living trust provides. When it comes to real estate, a...

Do You Know How Much Your 401(k) Is REALLY Costing You?

Do you know how much your 401(k) is costing you? Are you sure? What most people don’t know is that many employees with “free” retirement plans through an employer actually pay a number of hidden fees. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, “71 percent...

2012 Could be the Year You Start Your Own Business

Before we move away from the topic of New Year’s resolutions, there’s one more New Year’s Resolution we’d like to address—that of taking control of your destiny and starting your own business. The desire to move away from corporate America and work for oneself is not...

The Pros and Cons of a Crummey Trust

If you are looking for a reliable way to leave financial gifts to family members you may find that a Crummey trust is the right estate planning strategy for your family. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explains that “Crummey trusts are used in many...

Make Financial Decisions a Family Activity

When it comes to chores many families are not so different from businesses, with members tending to “specialize” in something they enjoy or are good at. Certain chores will often become the domain of one family member or another, lessening the daily burden all around....

An Update on the Presidential Election and the Changing Tax Law

The election is over, and the people of the United States have spoken.   Barack Obama has been re-elected to serve four more years as President.   As a result of his re-election, we are faced with a strong division in our government.   The President has expressed his...

What Does Back to School Have to do with Estate Planning?

As summer comes to an end and kids and parents both start getting ready for back-to-school week, estate planning may be the last thing on anybody’s mind; but the beginning of a new school year can actually be the perfect time to give your estate planner a call....

Tax Law Allows Married Couples to Reduce Their Estate Taxes

Married couples take note: Congress passed a law in 2010 that can significantly reduce the amount your estate pays in estate taxes. Unfortunately, most couples are either completely unaware of this opportunity for savings, or they find out about it too late to take...

Should Heirs Pay Taxes on Assets They Can’t Sell?

Throughout history artists and their artwork have often been on the leading edge of controversy. In a recent brou-ha-ha between the heirs of the New York art dealer Ileana Sonnabend and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service the controversy is over nothing less than the...

Should Zombies Pay Estate Taxes?

How dead do you have to be before the government can tap your estate for estate taxes? Do you have to be only kind of dead, or do you have to be fully dead-dead? This is the subject of a new law review article by Adam Chodorow of the Arizona State University law...

The Bum Rap of Prenups: Why They Are More Romantic Than You Thought

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, and love and marriage are in the air; but going hand in hand with love and marriage should be the wisdom to protect yourself and your beloved with a prenuptial agreement. We know that most people don’t consider...

What Will You Be Doing With This Year’s IRA Withdrawal?

Many of our clients who are 70 ½ or older have chosen in the past to give a certain portion of their required IRA withdrawal to charity each year; doing so has allowed them to take the required withdrawal, keep their taxable income down, and give to a cause they care...

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