How Long Should You Keep Important Documents?

October 18, 2017 In a society dominated by paperwork, the question of how long to hold on to important documents has been baffling for most people. We especially worry about documents of a financial or personally identifying nature. People who worry about losing something important sometimes hoard everything; others who worry about things like identity […]

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How Does My Annuity Fit Into My Estate Plan?

October 12, 2017 Selecting the right type of annuity for yourself is no small feat. Of course, you’ve put in the research and planned with your financial advisors. But, you might still be wondering what happens to those annuity payments upon your death.

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How Does an IRA Fit Into Your Estate Plan?

October 4, 2017 When you think of IRAs, you probably think of retirement. But what happens to your IRA money after you’re gone? The answer depends on how you go about creating your estate plan and selecting beneficiaries, and you might be surprised to find out that your money could end up with the wrong […]

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Asset Protection Aspects of a Trust Pierced by IRS

September 13, 2017 The IRS has successfully pierced the asset protection aspects of a trust that was set up in New Jersey. In the past, I have published some accounts of other situations in which the federal government was able to treat assets in a trust as being property of its beneficiary because the trust […]

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Estate Planning For the Newly Married

September 7, 2017 Now is the perfect time to start working on an estate plan—because, as newlyweds, you may not have a list of your accounts, but you’ve effectively just done a working inventory of your possessions—as you’ve figured out how to consolidate two households into one. You’ve already been working on the new banking […]

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Capital Gains Taxation May Not be as Inevitable As Most Think

August 31, 2017 Most taxpayers are familiar with tax deferral options that the US Tax Code provides such as (i) like-kind exchanges in which capital gains are deferred when appreciated real estate is exchanged for similar real estate, or (ii) selling real estate on an installment sale basis so that capital gains are deferred over […]

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How to Align Insurance with Your Estate Plan

August 29, 2017 If you’re like most folks, you use a variety of insurance products to manage risk and protect you, your family, and your assets from losses caused by property damage, businesses, property, accidents, disability, retirement, and death. However, instead of considering these insurances as separate items, we suggest you make them part of […]

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