Roughly one in five Americans in the workforce believe that "working for pay" will be a major source of their retirement income. This is according to the "2018 Retirement Confidence Survey" produced by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Nearly half of respondents believe paid work will be a minor source of retirement income for them. This widespread expectation of working in … [Read more...] about Effective Retirement Planning Includes Contingencies
The Practicality of Estate Planning You work hard to provide for your family, pay for your child's college tuition, and ensure your family lives a good life. Wouldn't you want to make sure that still happens when you're no longer there? A well-thought-out estate plan can help accomplish that goal. Estate planning seems like a huge undertaking, but it's quite manageable if you seek … [Read more...] about The Practicality of Estate Planning
The IRS has announced that the annual gift tax exclusion is increasing next year due to inflation. After five years of being stuck at $14,000, the exclusion will be $15,000 per recipient for 2018 — its highest point ever. Section 529 Plans: Make Five Years of Gifts in a Year Normally, a gift made directly to a family member to pay for college education costs would be … [Read more...] about IRS Increases Annual Gift Tax Exclusion for 2018
The IRS has announced the 2018 inflation adjustments for many tax provisions, including exemptions for estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes and the annual exclusion amount for gifts. The 2018 estate and gift tax “exemption” will be $5,600,000, up from $5,490,000 for 2017. This is the total amount that can pass free from estate tax on death and/or from gift tax during life. The … [Read more...] about 2018 IRS Estate and Gift Tax Inflation Adjustments
You work hard to provide for your family, pay for your child's college tuition, and ensure your family lives a good life. Wouldn't you want to make sure that still happens when you're no longer there? A well-thought-out estate plan can help accomplish that goal. Estate planning seems like a huge undertaking, but it's quite manageable if you seek the help of professionals who have experience in … [Read more...] about The Practicality of Estate Planning
Is My A/B Trust Obsolete? A revocable living trust is a valuable tool to protect and preserve your assets both for you, your children and future generations. A living trust can help you avoid the unnecessary costs and delays associated with Probate and can help you minimize or avoid estate and inheritance taxes. Like any plan, your living trust should be reviewed periodically to ensure that … [Read more...] about Living Trusts Created Prior to 2011. Is My A/B Trust Obsolete?
As our senior population grows older, they face unique and complex challenges. Fear of losing control and doubt concerning the ability to pay for assistance with common daily needs can result in dangerous isolation for our seniors. It can also leave family members scrambling to provide help without any clear idea of the type of help needed, or awareness about resources that can be brought to … [Read more...] about Challenges Facing Aging Family Members
In most cases the language in a Trust simply states that the Trustee shall be entitled to "Reasonable Compensation" without stating a specific dollar or percentage. All of the following factors shall be considered in determining reasonableness of compensation: The degree of difficulty and novelty of the tasks required of the Trustee. The responsibilities and risks involved. The amount … [Read more...] about What is Reasonable Compensation for a Trustee to Settle a Trust Estate?
Only you and your spouse typically know where information about all your banking, bills, accounts, doctors, debts, etc. is located. By listing the details of your life, such as property, personal information and finances on one document, you can greatly assist those who may end up taking care of you in the event of illness, or taking care of your estate in the event of your death. A good … [Read more...] about Advanced Estate Planning Information For Caregivers And Surviving Spouses
Sample Case Study: Client in their mid 80’s with an estate of approximately $9,000,000. Children are three daughters in their early 60’s. Two of the three daughters have received substantial help (+/- $500,000 from the parents over the past 30 years). The third daughter has received little or no help as she has been financially successful and responsible. The two daughters that … [Read more...] about Should You Distribute Your Estate Equally Among Children In Unequal Circumstances?