In estate planning, there is an emphasis on financial assets, home property, and power of attorney. However, there needs to be an emphasis on effectively passing on family heirlooms. In fact, many disputes concerning an estate do not center on financially-valuable items, but rather treasured family possessions. Think of it this way: money can be
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The House Committee on Ways and Means, along with the Senate Finance Committee, recently released their proposed framework for tax reform and it includes an outright repeal of the federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer tax. In addition repealing the federal estate tax, the proposed legislation would eliminate personal exemptions and a myriad of itemizable
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Everyone, no matter their age or net worth, needs to have an estate plan. Why? Because an estate plan provides guidance to your loved ones on how your assets are to be distributed when you pass away. If you do not leave behind an estate plan, you are essentially leaving your property and heirlooms in
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This estate planning vehicle, which is sometimes also known as a bypass trust or a credit shelter trust, can save literally tens of thousands of dollars in taxes. When one spouse dies, all his or her property goes tax-free to the surviving spouse, thanks to the marital deduction. Unfortunately, this transfer also means that the
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Five people who claimed to be Prince Nelson’s half-siblings have no basis for their claims, according to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The five people did not trace their lineage through John Nelson, who was married to Mattie Shaw at the time of Prince’s birth in 1958, and Carver County DIstrict Judge Kevin Eide had
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Over the course of a long life, every different person will acquire a different set of assets and liabilities. When it comes time to think about passing them on to family and friends after you pass on, though, there is a trifecta of instruments that do the bulk of the work. While others might be
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Many people have causes and charities that they want to continue to support after they pass away. Without these generous gifts from people like you, many charities would simply go out of business. However, surprisingly to many people, leaving assets to charity is often a complicated process. Indeed, without proper estate planning, not only might
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Many people move to a different state at some point in their lives. In fact, according to data collected by the United States Census Bureau, 41 percent of Americans currently live in a different state than they one in which they were born. Moving out of state can affect your life in many different ways;
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