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
Valuation of Cash or Financial Assets Valuation of Cash or Financial Assets is determined by providing an independent statement such as from a Bank, Brokerage, Insurance Company or other financial institution. Valuation of Tangible Personal Property In general, if the value of any item of Tangible Personal Property exceeds $5,000 then, a value must be established by reliable written … [Read more...] about Issues Regarding Valuation of Cash and Non-Cash Assets in 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 the help of professionals who have experience in … [Read more...] about The Practicality of Estate Planning
Which is the right Trust for you and your family? One of the key goals of estate and Trust planning is to avoid federal estate taxes. Careful estate planning can eliminate a significant estate tax burden for surviving spouses and their beneficiaries. Any of the Trusts below can be useful tools in preserving an estate's assets. But which Living Trust is right for you? Credit Shelter Trusts … [Read more...] about What Type of Living Trust Should I Have?
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?
Protecting Your Goals and Your Loved Ones Naming 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 the 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
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?