Estate Tax Planning for 2017 Tax Reform

Major tax reform legislation was signed into law late last year that impacts not only the federal income tax but also other taxes potentially affecting your estate plan (such as the estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes). The...

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The Taxable Estate vs. The Probate Estate?

What Is The Difference Between The Taxable Estate vs. The Probate Estate? The taxable estate is an estate tax concept. It includes the decedent’s interest in every type of property owned at death, plus property over which the decedent had...

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What Is The Gift Tax?

The gift tax is also a component of the federal transfer tax system and is a tax imposed on transfers (i.e., gifts) of property during life, either given outright or to a trust. Like the estate tax, the gift...

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Do All Of A Decedent’s Assets Go Through Probate, Or Are There Non-Probate Assets?

Probate assets consist only of assets owned by the decedent at death that do not pass automatically (i.e., by operation of law) to the intended beneficiaries. A person’s will deals only with probate assets – it does not control...

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What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies of proving the validity of a will or establishing who is entitled to receive the decedent’s property under state intestate succession laws if there is no will. The...

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Why Retain An Attorney To Establish A Trust?

You should always work with a lawyer when setting up a trust. A poorly created trust can be confusing, expensive, and/or ineffective. The trouble with do-it-yourself planning is that even if your situation seems simple, you are not aware...

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The Trust As Part Of An Estate Plan

To the layperson, trusts can appear complicated. People often think trusts are only for the very wealthy. In reality, trusts can be useful for people of all income levels. A trust is a legal arrangement under state law governed by...

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Are You Properly Set for Your Retirement? 5 Things You Can Do Now

It is never too early to begin retirement planning. Unfortunately, many people put it off. If you are wondering what you can do now to ensure you are set for retirement – even if it is decades into the...

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The Benefits of Working with a PFS (Personal Financial Specialist)

A Personal Financial Specialist, or PFS, is an individual who is highly qualified to offer advice on a variety of financial issues and has earned the PFS credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He or she...

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Tax Changes You Need to Know About in 2015

Each year there are changes to the tax code that affect your tax return, and 2015 is no different. Here are the changes to be aware of for the coming year: Healthcare Everyone has been talking about it, but it still...

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