If you are a parent, you’ll need to have a comprehensive estate plan both in place and updated at all times. This can seem like a daunting task, especially because you likely have dozens and dozens of tasks on your to-do list at present already. However, the stakes are too high to justify not making […]Continue reading

Are you inclined to donate assets to a charity for a period of time without ultimately giving up the property? Consider the benefits of a charitable lead trust (CLT). This type of trust is essentially the opposite of the charitable remainder trust (CRT), a better-known alternative. With a CLT, the property eventually reverts to your […]Continue reading

According to a University of Pennsylvania report, approximately 37% of Americans have “advance directives,” which include living wills and power-of-attorney designations. These documents specify what should occur and who should make medical decisions should someone become seriously ill and unable to make these decisions for him- or herself. If you belong to the other 63% […]Continue reading

A Health Savings Account (HSA) can be a powerful tool for financing health care expenses while supplementing your other retirement savings vehicles. And it offers estate planning benefits to boot. ABCs of an HSA Similar to a traditional IRA or 401(k) plan, an HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account funded with pretax dollars. Funds can […]Continue reading

Families that have children who are adopted, or stepchildren who haven’t been legally adopted, may face unique estate planning challenges. Additional consideration must be taken when a family includes an unmarried couple in a long-term relationship and one person has biological or adopted children. If your family’s makeup is as such, it’s important to understand […]Continue reading

As a small business owner, you know your business often encounters legal issues. Unfortunately, as a business lawyer in Washington, DC from a firm like Brown Kiely, LLP can explain, facing such problems are almost a foregone conclusion with any business. On the other hand, your business may not be large enough to warrant hiring […]Continue reading

Gift splitting can be a valuable estate planning tool, allowing you and your spouse to maximize the amount of wealth you can transfer tax-free. But in some cases, it can have undesirable consequences, so be sure that you understand the implications before making an election to split gifts. Gifts of separate property Gift splitting is […]Continue reading

Estate planning experts usually cite the need to include advance health care directives in a comprehensive estate plan. But there may be different legal names given to those directives, depending on one’s jurisdiction. In any event, regardless of what they’re called in the state where you reside, it’s important to create these documents and keep […]Continue reading

Estate tax planning can become complicated when multiple parties are involved. For example, you may be concerned about providing assets to a surviving spouse of a second marriage, while also providing for your children from your first marriage. Of course, you also want to take advantage of favorable estate tax provisions in the law. Fortunately, […]Continue reading

Intrafamily loans allow you to provide financial assistance to loved ones — often at favorable terms — while potentially reducing gift and estate taxes. But what about families that lack the liquid assets to make such loans? Are there other options if they have a trust? One lesser-known possibility is for trust beneficiaries to borrow […]Continue reading