Protecting Your Goals and Your Loved Ones Naming the beneficiaries of an insurance policy seems likes an easy thing to do. If a person is married, the spouse is the beneficiary. The children are often named as contingent beneficiaries. If a person is not married but has children, the children are often named as first beneficiaries. Usually, these are the people that life insurance is intended to … [Read more...] about Top 5 Mistakes When Naming Beneficiaries of Insurance Policies
Important Reasons to Review and Update Your Estate Plan Let’s assume you are among the approximately 30% of adults who have done the prudent thing and established your Estate Plan. Perhaps you simply created a Will. Have you had it professionally reviewed in recent years? Make sure your plan is still the most suitable for your current estate and goals? Alternatively, do you have a Living Trust … [Read more...] about Five Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan
In estate planning involving spouses there may be issues surrounding how to deal with separate property acquired prior to marriage or as a result of inheritance. As part of your estate planning consultations with your attorney, you may be asked whether you wish any particular property or financial assets you currently consider to be your sole and separate property to remain your sole and … [Read more...] about Deciding Whether to Convert Separate Property to Community Property
1031 Exchanges and Deferred Sales Trust™ are both based on the structuring of sales transactions to avoid actual or constructive receipt of the immediate sales proceeds by the seller. Used as a backup strategy, the Deferred Sales Trust™ preserves tax deferral when the seller cannot successfully complete a 1031 Exchange or does not wish to reinvest back into real estate. When this happens, the … [Read more...] about Using the Deferred Sales Trust™ to Rescue a Failed 1031 Exchange
Why Should You Consider the Deferred Sales Trust? If you are considering the sale of a business, corporation, or investment real estate, you may face capital gains tax associated with that sale. For the investor who does not want to continue holding investment property or remain in the same business, a Deferred Sales Trust should be considered. According to Section 453 of the Internal Revenue … [Read more...] about Primer on the Deferred Sales Trust (DST)
By Greg Reese, Principal Reef Point, LLC Certified Trustee for the Deferred Sales Trust The DST starts with an owner of an appreciated asset who wishes to sell that asset and defer taxes on his or her gain. In order to defer the gains on the sale, the seller/taxpayer must engage with the Estate Planning Team (EPT) and its Tax Attorneys BEFORE the property is actually sold and the seller/taxpayer … [Read more...] about How Does The Deferred Sales Trust Work?
A Legal, Tax-Based Strategy for Deferring the Payment of Capital Gains Taxes By Greg Reese, Certified Trustee for the Deferred Sales Trust Today we bring you Part 2 of our series covering the Deferred Sales Trust (DST). The DST is a legal, tax-based strategy for deferring the payment of capital gains taxes. Greg Reese, AmeriEstate Legal Plan, Inc., President and CEO and Principal of Reef … [Read more...] about The Deferred Sales Trust (Part 2)
A Legal, Tax-Based Strategy for Deferring the Payment of Capital Gains Taxes By Greg Reese, Certified Trustee for the Deferred Sales Trust Today we begin our series of AmeriEstate articles covering the Deferred Sales Trust (DST) as a legal, tax-based strategy for deferring the payment of capital gains taxes. Greg Reese, AmeriEstate Legal Plan, Inc., President and CEO and Principal of Reef … [Read more...] about The Deferred Sales Trust (Part 1)
Definition of a “Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor” of a Trust These terms are often interchangeable. The Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor of a trust decides how the trust will operate, including: what property to include in the trust, who the beneficiaries will be and how beneficiaries will receive their inheritance. When the trust is revocable (i.e. can be changed or terminated until the grantor dies), … [Read more...] about Definition of a “Grantor, Settlor, or Trustor” of a Trust
The LLC form of company ownership generally shields individual owners (known as members) from personal liability for the debts or obligations of the LLC. Creditors of an LLC can normally only go after the assets of the LLC and not the member's individually owned assets. Are you personally liable for business debts? There are certain situations where you can be held personally liable for … [Read more...] about Are You Personally Liable for an LLC?