What Everyone Needs to Know About Trusts and Taxes
People are often curious — or confused — about the ways that trusts can save on taxes. Given how frequently this is an issue, here’s an explanation of the tax implications associated with different types of trusts. Of course, if you need further clarification about trusts, taxes, or any other issue related to estate planning, meet with us for additional guidance.
4 Essential Strategies for Protecting Your Family's Assets
You might think that only the super wealthy need to worry about asset protection planning. But the truth is that if you don’t have millions, you may be at even greater risk. For instance, if you are a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against you might not be that big of a deal. But for a family with a modest income, savings, and home, it could be devastating.
5 Common Estate Planning Concerns for Your Second (or More) Marriage
With divorce rates at an all-time high and life expectancy increasing every day, second—and even third—marriages are becoming quite common. And when people get remarried in mid-life and beyond, they often bring children from prior marriages into the mix. Such unions are often referred to as a “blended” family or a “Brady Bunch” family.
3 Ways to Benefit by Incorporating Charitable Giving Into Your Estate Plan
You are likely aware of the tax benefits that come from donating to charity during your lifetime—donations to charity are tax-deductible. But you may be surprised to learn about the numerous benefits that are available when you incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan.
If You've Been Asked to Serve as Trustee, Here's What You Should Know
If a family member or friend has asked you to serve as trustee for their trust either during their life, or upon their death, it’s a big honor—this means they consider you among the most honest, reliable, and responsible people they know.
How to Pass on Family Heirlooms & Keepsakes Without Causing a Family Feud
When creating an estate plan, people are often most concerned with passing on the “big things” like real estate, bank accounts, and vehicles. Yet these possessions very often aren’t the items that have the most meaning for the loved ones we leave behind.