5 Estate Planning Must-Dos if You’re Getting Divorced—Part 1
While getting divorced is a traumatic process involving many tough decisions and legal hassles, it is absolutely critical to review and update your estate plan.
The Trust Protection Myth: Your Revocable Trust Protects Against Lawsuits
Many people believe that once they set up a Revocable Living Trust and transfer assets into the trust, those assets are protected from lawsuits. This is absolutely not true.
Is Your Estate Plan Unfinished? Don’t Wait to Complete This Important Process
For most people, thinking about one’s own mortality is unpleasant and low on the list of priorities. While you may objectively recognize the need to plan for your future – and the future of your loved ones after you’re gone – it can be hard to summon the motivation to actually create a will or trust. If you’ve made an effort to begin the process but haven’t finalized the details, consider this article the sign you need to finish up.
My Trust is Signed, No Probate for My Family, Right?
Planning ahead has obvious benefits. Whether you’re planning a vacation or researching for a job interview, it’s always smart to outline your priorities and anticipate potential challenges that may arise. Planning your estate has similar benefits. With plans clearly established, your wealth and assets are protected should you pass away or become incapacitated. It’s important to be aware, however, that simply meeting with an attorney and signing a Trust does not mean your estate planning process is complete. Without properly funding your Trust, your assets could still be forced through the probate process.
Loan, Gift, or Advancement: Why the Classification Matters
While we all want to provide financial help to our loved ones—whether they are family or close friends—it is important to understand that how the money is classified will directly affect your estate planning. Accordingly, the intent behind the transfer of the money is key when determining if it will be considered a loan, gift, or advancement.
When is Probate necessary?
Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you have likely heard the term “probate.” Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. Said in another way, Probate is a lawsuit against your estate for the benefit of your creditors and beneficiaries. This process is
Changes to ABLE Accounts You Should Know
If you have a loved one with disabilities, you may be familiar with “ABLE” accounts, authorized by Congress in 2014 under the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts–similar to 529 education savings plans–whose funds can be used to pay for certain qualifying expenses of disabled individuals. As a result
6 Questions to Consider When Selecting Beneficiaries For Your Life Insurance Policy—Part 2
In the first part of this series, I discussed the first three of six questions you should ask yourself when selecting a life insurance beneficiary. Here I cover the final half. Selecting a beneficiary for your life insurance policy sounds pretty straightforward; however, given all of the options available and the potential for unforeseen problems, it can
Six Questions to Consider When Selecting Beneficiaries for a Life Insurance Policy
Selecting a beneficiary for your life insurance policy sounds pretty straightforward. You’re just deciding who will receive the policy’s proceeds when you die, right? But as with most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated than that. It can help to keep in mind that naming someone as your life insurance beneficiary really has
Why You Might Actually Owe Taxes in 2018
Like many taxpayers, if you’ve already filed your federal income taxes for 2018, you may be surprised to discover you’re not getting a refund this time. If so, this was almost certainly due to the sweeping tax overhaul made by the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA). Since personal tax rates were lowered by