Estate Planning Lessons From Famous Moms

Estate planning can be a sensitive subject, but the experiences of iconic figures like Gloria Vanderbilt, Aretha Franklin, and Lucille Ball offer valuable estate planning lessons. This month’s newsletter explores their practices and pitfalls to gain insights into the importance of clear, strategic planning. Gloria Vanderbilt: No Trust Fund As baby boomers prepare to pass…

Incorporating Charitable Giving In Your Estate Plan
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Incorporating Charitable Giving In Your Estate Plan

Many individuals choose to incorporate a charitable bequest into their estate plan. For some, this decision stems from a deep sense of altruism; for others, the drive is the significant financial advantage. Yet, for the vast majority of donors, the charity they leave behind represents a harmonious blend of both motivations. Including charitable donations in…

What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?
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What Is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?

In this month’s newsletter, we provide a comprehensive understanding of the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and its implications. With each transfer of wealth, federal estate taxes are collected. Typically, money goes from spouses to children, then grandchildren, and so on, with taxes collected each time. Wealthy families discovered they could avoid estate taxes by giving money…

All About Intrafamily Loans
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All About Intrafamily Loans

An intrafamily loan is a financial agreement between a family member who borrows money from a lending family member. These loans benefit children and grandchildren learning to be financially responsible but may have difficulty obtaining a loan due to age or credit score. In many circumstances, these loans offer flexible repayment terms and interest rates….

Beware! Nonlawyers Who Act Like Lawyers

Beware! Nonlawyers Who Act Like Lawyers

Many people misinterpret estate planning as merely obtaining documents to show their wishes regarding the distribution of their assets after their passing. However, estate planning is much more intricate. Undoubtedly, estate planning is a multifaceted process involving carefully considering one’s financial, personal, and familial circumstances. Nonlawyers who act like lawyers cannot create the best comprehensive…

The Executor’s Role During Probate 

The Executor’s Role During Probate 

When drafting a will, a crucial decision involves selecting the individual who will act as the executor of your estate. This person is the representative tasked with executing the instructions you provide in your will. Moreover, this person may have certain discretionary powers that you grant them in deciding the distribution of your assets. However,…

Explore Dynasty Trusts in Our Latest Newsletter

Explore Dynasty Trusts in Our Latest Newsletter

In our latest newsletter, we delve into the intricacies of dynasty trusts. If you have a high net worth, this is one of the best ways to protect your family and transfer your estate. However, setting one up requires considerable financial and estate planning knowledge.  What Is a Dynasty Trust? A dynasty trust provides long-term…

All About Residuary Clauses

All About Residuary Clauses

It can be difficult to meticulously catalog and address every possession in your will or trust. However, incorporating a thorough review process, seeking professional guidance, and including a residuary clause can help mitigate the likelihood of oversight. These strategies guarantee a more comprehensive and effective estate planning strategy. Let’s take a closer look at residuary…