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Estate Planning

The Biggest Mistake in Trusts: Funding

Your real estate holdings, life insurance, bank accounts and retirement savings won’t magically flow into your trust.

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Estate Planning

What Trusts are Available for Estate Planning?

Trusts are an essential part of most estate plans, even the plans of people with moderate wealth. You need to know the basics of trusts, especially the key terms and concepts of the most widely-used types of trusts.

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Estate Planning

Retirement Account Beneficiary Choices and Your Estate

It is surprisingly easy and common to make mistakes when designating beneficiaries on retirement and investment accounts.

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Estate Planning

How Do Joint Accounts and Beneficiary Designations Work in Estate Planning?

Remember that a will goes through probate, so a husband and wife typically try to avoid it by using joint ownership or beneficiary designations. However, they’re often mistaken by believing the will still controls their estate.

GRIT
Estate Planning

What Is a GRIT and Should It Be Used in an Estate Plan?

Trusts can be useful in estate planning for passing on assets to your heirs. A grantor retained income trust (GRIT) is a specific type of trust that allows you to transfer assets, while still benefiting from the income they generate.

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Estate Planning

What Key Estate Planning Terms Should I Know?

Estate planning is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do.

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Estate Planning

What Do I Need to Do after the Death of My Spouse?

The death of your spouse is a period of unimaginable grief. Unfortunately, there are many legal and financial obligations that will not wait.

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Estate Planning

Who Needs a Special Needs Trust?

If you are the parent of a person with special needs, you are well aware that the role you play is very different than it may be for other children. Properly planning to meet their financial needs, both in the immediate and long term, is a critical part of supporting your child. This support must often continue well past the typical age of adulthood, which means parents need to put in place financial tools to care for their children, in the event of the parents’ death.

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Elder Law

What Should I Remember when My Elderly Parents Move in with Me?

Moving elderly parents into your home can bring daunting challenges and unexpected closeness. Over the past 20 years, parents living with their adult children has become increasingly common.

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Estate Planning

Special Needs Plans Need Regular Reviews to Protect Loved Ones

Estate planning generally focuses primarily on lifetime protection and post-death distribution of assets. Special needs planning focuses primarily on the individual beneficiary’s lifestyle and care needs.