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 (A/B … [Read more...] about What Type of Living Trust Should I Have?
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
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?
What Is an Estate and What Planning Is Involved? It's important for you to understand what the word "estate" means so that you do not underestimate the broad scope of the term. The "estate" consists of all the property a person owns or controls. Examples of the more well-known items include personal property, real estate, bank accounts, insurance policies, business interests, certain trust … [Read more...] about Estate Planning 101: An Introduction
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
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
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
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
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?