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
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
If you're like most people, you've probably delegated estate planning to the realm of things to be done "someday." Most people dislike confronting their own mortality, but proper estate planning accomplishes two major objectives -- it ensures that your wealth is distributed according to your wishes and it can reduce the payment of federal and state estate taxes. By formally planning your … [Read more...] about Take Time to Plan Your Estate
There are perfectly legal ways to defer capital gains tax and reduce your overall tax burden. Those of you who own highly appreciated assets such as homes, businesses, commercial and residential real estate, even high value collectibles, are often reluctant to sell that asset because of the capital gains tax and depreciation recapture costs associated with the sale. There are perfectly legal … [Read more...] about What are the Differences Between a Deferred Sales Trust (DST) and a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)?
Important Documents Related to Final Distribution of a Trust Estate NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTION In the course of settling a Trust estate, the Trustee may need to make a significant decision that might affect the interests or desires of the beneficiaries. The most common decision would be to sell a piece of property or borrow money secured against trust assets. It may also involve a … [Read more...] about Important Documents Related to Final Distribution of a Trust Estate
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
Reverse mortgages have been around for years. But they're getting a new spin: Some senior homeowners are tapping into their home equity to "bridge the gap" until the time they're ready to apply for Social Security benefits. However, an independent consumer agency — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — cautions retirees against using this strategy. A recent CFPB report claims that … [Read more...] about Report Warns Retirees about Potential Downsides of Reverse Mortgages
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?