If you’ve received, or will soon receive, a significant inheritance, it may be tempting to view it as “found money” that can be spent freely. But unless your current financial plan ensures that you’ll comfortably reach all your goals, it’s a good idea to have a plan of action for managing your newfound wealth. Take […]Continue reading

When it comes to estate planning, there’s no shortage of techniques and strategies available to reduce your taxable estate and ensure your wishes are carried out after your death. Indeed, the two specific strategies discussed below should be used in many estate plans. 1. Take advantage of the annual gift tax exclusion Don’t underestimate the […]Continue reading

When it comes to estate planning, not all assets are created equal. If you own one or more guns, careful planning is required to avoid running afoul of complex federal and state laws. Without proper planning, there’s a risk that the government will confiscate your guns or that the executor of your estate, your trustees […]Continue reading

A primary goal of estate planning is to ensure that your wishes are carried out after you’re gone. So, it’s important to design your estate plan to withstand potential will contests or other challenges down the road. The most common grounds for contesting a will are undue influence or lack of testamentary capacity. Other grounds […]Continue reading

No matter how diligently you prepare, your estate plan can quickly be derailed if you or a loved one requires long-term home health care or an extended stay at an assisted living facility or nursing home. Long-term care (LTC) expenses aren’t covered by traditional health insurance policies or Medicare. So it’s important to have a […]Continue reading

Building flexibility into your estate plan using various strategies is generally advised. The reason is that life circumstances change over time, specifically evolving tax laws and family situations. One technique that provides flexibility is to provide your trustee with the ability to decant a trust. Define “decanting” One definition of decanting is to pour wine […]Continue reading

There are several reasons why you may want to move a trust to a more favorable jurisdiction. For instance, to avoid or reduce state income tax on the trust’s accumulated ordinary income or capital gains. However, before doing so, it’s critical to understand the risks. Revocable Trust vs. Irrevocable Trust Many people retire to states […]Continue reading

If you want to share some of your wealth with your grandchildren or great grandchildren — or if your estate plan is likely to benefit these generations — it’s critical to consider and plan for the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Designed to ensure that wealth is taxed at each generational level, the GST tax is […]Continue reading