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Estate Planning for Cryptocurrencies

Estate planning, like most aspects of life, changes over time. One of the most striking recent changes is the need to plan for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which did not exist a little more than a decade ago. Yet because of the potential value of t… Read More

Should You Keep Your Will at Your Lawyer's Office?

Most people understand the importance of making an estate plan: to provide for the future security of your loved ones and distribute your possessions according to your wishes after your death. But many people fail to consider the importance of detail… Read More

Why You Don't Need to Be Afraid of Irrevocable Trusts in Estate Tax and Asset Protection Planning

You probably know that trusts can be a great tool for avoiding probate, minimizing estate tax, and protecting assets. What you may not know is which type of trust is best for your purposes. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at irrevocable gr… Read More

Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families

Long gone are the days when most families looked the same: mom, dad, and kids who are the biological children of both adults. This nuclear family still exists, of course, but there are so many other forms of family: families with same sex parents; un… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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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