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Estate Planning Critical for Adopted or Unadopted Stepchildren

If you have adopted children or unadopted stepchildren, estate planning is critical to ensure that your property is distributed the way you desire. Adopted Children Adopted children are placed on an equal footing with biological children in most situations for estate planning purposes. Thus, adopted and biological children are treated the same way under a […]

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Resolve Business Succession and Estate Planning Conflicts

Transferring a family business to the next generation requires a delicate balancing act. Estate and succession planning strategies aren’t always compatible, and family members often have conflicting interests. By starting early and planning carefully, however, it’s possible to resolve these conflicts and transfer the business in a tax-efficient manner. Ownership vs. Management Succession One reason […]

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Estate Planning When Time is Short

Most of us go through life thinking we have time to plan for things that will happen in our later years. Unfortunately, we and those we love may receive unexpected news of a terminal illness and a shortened life expectancy. For those whose life expectancies are short, estate planning can be difficult. But while money […]

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Spousal Lifetime Access Trust Can Provide Financial Backup Plan

Some of the most effective estate planning strategies involve setting up irrevocable trusts. For a trust to be deemed irrevocable, you, the grantor, lose all incidents of ownership of the trust’s assets. In other words, you’re effectively removing those assets from your taxable estate. But what if you’re uncomfortable placing your assets beyond your control? […]

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Be Careful of Online Tools for Wills

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has refocused people’s thoughts on the health and safety of their families. In addition to taking the necessary steps today to protect your loved ones, it’s equally important to consider their financial security in the future. If you don’t have a will, drafting one should be your first step in […]

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Charitable Giving Can Reduce Your Taxable Estate and Fulfill Your Legacy

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic fallout is dealing a crushing blow to charitable organizations. Indeed, during a time when food banks, disaster relief and other nonprofit services are needed most by the public, their funding is suffering due to cancelled fundraising events and other factors. If philanthropy is an important part […]

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Estate Planning for Your Stage of Life

Virtually everyone needs an estate plan, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Even though each person’s situation is unique, general guidelines can be drawn depending on your current stage of life. Your early years If you’ve recently embarked on a career, gotten married or both, now is the time to build the foundation for your […]

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