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
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?
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?
If you are in a second marriage, did you have children from your first marriage? What happens when your spouse has children that you have grown fond of? How do you treat children from a prior marriage versus the children in a current marriage? The best solution is to create Trust(s) for the benefit of all those you want as beneficiaries. Once you have your Trust(s) established, you should … [Read more...] about Creating a Trust for the Benefit of Children from a Second Marriage
Have you ever thought about becoming a landlord? This option may be tempting if your local real estate market is surging and rental rates are strong, especially if you're already planning to relocate or downsize to a smaller home. Ideally, you'll be able to shelter most or all of the rental income with tax deductions and eventually sell the property for a higher price than you originally … [Read more...] about Consider Taxes before Converting Your Home to a Rental Property
The basic idea of a Qualified Domestic Trust or QDOT (normally built into most revocable living trusts) is to avoid the forced payment of estate taxes on the death of the first spouse with a large estate, where the intended recipient is a surviving spouse who is a non-U.S. citizen. Keep in mind that the following persons still enjoy an exemption from estate taxes on the first $5.54M in assets … [Read more...] about Qualified Domestic Trusts (QDOT)
Is Your Home Properly Titled to Your Living Trust After You Refinance? For most people their most valuable asset is their home. Ensuring that your home and the rest of your estate passes efficiently to your heirs is a fundamental reason people create a Living Trust. Most people recognize they must transfer title to their home to their Trust as soon as the Trust is created. Unfortunately, most … [Read more...] about Refinancing Your Home – The Biggest Threat to Your Living Trust
How does your small business Corporation or LLC pass to your family members upon your death? We have come across many entrepreneurs and small business owners who have taken their business to the next level by incorporating into a C-Corp, or Sub-S Corporation or an LLC. This provides the business with a lot of protection and flexibility, but it doesn't automatically pass down to your heirs upon … [Read more...] about Business Continuity Solutions In Case of Death or Incapacitation