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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Estate Planning Documents You Need for Your College-Age Kids

Back to school time is once again upon us. It has never been easy for parents to send off their college-age kids back to campus, but this year may be exceptionally difficult. College campuses across the country are reopening, but there are heightened restrictions due to the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this added stress, parents of college-age kids may be more worried than ever for the health and well being of their sons and daughters. You may be surprised to learn that one way of managing this stress can be to put certain estate planning documents in place for your college student.
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Monday, September 21, 2020

What Happens If You Pass Away Without a Will?

Estate planning can place critical protections in place for you and your loved ones. One of the most well-known parts of an estate plan is a will.
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Thursday, August 20, 2020

What Is a Supplemental Needs Trust?

Many people are not aware of trusts or the important role they can play in estate planning. The types and purposes of trusts are varied and can provide you and your loved ones with many benefits when properly employed.
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Monday, August 17, 2020

What Is Ancillary Probate?

People do not usually have many good things to say about the probate process. You have recently lost a loved one. You have to go through what can be lengthy court proceedings before any beneficiaries of the estate receive an inheritance. It can also be costly as court fees add up and legal fees should you seek help from an attorney. This might make it all the more discouraging to hear that ancillary probate might be necessary in addition to primary Read more . . .

Thursday, July 23, 2020

What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for Estate Planning?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump in December of 2017. This is considered to be a major piece of tax reform and one that will have significant impacts for the foreseeable future. Some of the major provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act include increases to estate tax and gift tax exemptions to $11.18 million per person and $23.36 million per married couple in 2018.
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Monday, July 20, 2020

What Is an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT)?

The impact estate taxes can have on your ability to most effectively transfer wealth to your heirs is an important consideration. Estate taxes, both at the federal and state level, can take a substantial chunk of your estate’s value away from your intended beneficiaries.
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

What Is a Collection Due Process Hearing with the IRS?

The IRS, like every person and organization, is not infallible. They make mistakes. They miscalculate. They try to take collection actions when they may have miscalculated the amount owed. Because these things do happen, the Collection Due Process hearing is made available to taxpayers who disagree with the amount of tax the IRS claims they owe.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Tax Considerations While Estate Planning

In order to maximize the vast benefits of estate planning, there are many different considerations one must take into account. You must reflect on who you want to leave your assets to and you must take a hard look at the best way to do this.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

What You Need to Know About the 2020 Tax Deadline Extension

The effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic have been felt across the globe. The U.S. economy has been badly hit and many Americans are suffering financially due to the economic downturn. This is why the U.
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Thursday, May 14, 2020

How Is Someone Declared Legally Incompetent?

Through the guardianship process, a guardian is appointed to an individual who is unable to make decisions on his or her own. The court must decide, based on the evidence presented, whether the individual is truly in need of a guardian. It is a very serious matter as the individual who would be appointed a guardian is set to lose many fundamental rights. In the cases of adults, the decision to pursue Read more . . .

Friday, April 17, 2020

What Is an Offer in Compromise?

Receiving a tax bill is dreaded. It can easily be a substantial bill and one that you might not have prepared for.
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