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Using Legacy Trusts for Prenuptial Planning

About half of marriages end in divorce, and second marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. What this means is that approximately half of all families are confronted with a situation in which assets need to be divided between… Read More
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What is a Secret Trust?

People create trusts for a variety of reasons: to remove assets from their probate estate; to reduce the size of their taxable estate; to provide for loved ones; and to protect those loved ones’ assets from waste. Often, which goal takes priori… Read More
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Estate Planning When Your Beneficiary is an Addict

Estate planning should always take into account not only the wealth to be transferred from one generation to another, but the unique issues of each family for whom a plan is being created. Unfortunately, those issues may increasingly include the dile… Read More
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Why Do I Need an Estate Plan if My Estate isn't Taxable?

Historically, one of the reasons for creating an estate plan was to avoid one’s heirs being saddled with burdensome estate tax. For those whose estates are subject to estate tax, this is still an important motivator for estate planning. However… Read More
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Temporary Increase in Estate Tax Exemption (and Portability)

On January 1, 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) took effect in the United States. The most sweeping tax reform in decades, the TCJA has affected the tax burden of both businesses and individuals, often in a favorable way. One such impact is the… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Tax Law
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How Medicaid Compliant Annuities Work

If you have needed to consider nursing home care for a family member, you are well aware of how expensive such care can be. Often, Medicaid funds are available to help pay for care, but they typically require the applicant to “spend down”… Read More
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Succession Planning for Professional Practices

For most business owners, their business is a source not only of income but of personal and professional pride. It may represent, aside from raising a family, the most significant achievement of their lifetime. Given the importance of the business in… Read More
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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need in My Estate Plan?

Life insurance: you know you need it, especially if you have minor children or other loved ones who depend on your financial support. Life insurance serves many functions in an estate plan, including providing a source of support to family, ensuring… Read More
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Should You Have a Qualified Income Trust?

If you are contemplating the need for long-term care, you know how expensive it can be to pay for. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, but Medicaid may be available to help with these expenses. Unfortunately, to become eligible for Medicaid ass… Read More
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Third-Party Discretionary Trusts

There are many types of trusts, and they can be used to serve a variety of purposes: avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, protecting assets from creditors, providing for loved ones, and more. Your goal in creating a trust, and your circumstances, dict… Read More
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