Tag Archives: Minor Children

The Crummey Notice Requirement – What is the Point and When is it Necessary?

One of the primary techniques used to reduce a person’s taxable estate is making gifts during his or her life to other individuals, usually children or grandchildren, using the annual gift tax exemption ($14,000 in 2017). An individual can make … more

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The Importance of Funding Your Trust

> It is important to revisit your estate plan from time to time to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes for your family and assets.   > An unfunded Trust fails to take advantage of one of the greatest … more

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David Bowie’s $100 Million Estate

> While estate taxes cannot always be avoided, they can be minimized through proper planning. > Privacy and probate avoidance can benefit estates of all sizes, not just celebrity estates. > If specific funeral wishes are important, they should be … more

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Spectrum of Withdrawal Limitations

> Trusts allow for withdrawal limitations ranging from common to creative. > Overly-specific requirements may burden the family and trustee and be struck down if they violate public policy. > Understanding and anticipating the practical administration of the estate prior … more

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The Empty Trust

POWER POINTS + The end of the year presents a great opportunity to review your estate plan, your newly acquired assets and the funding of your Trust. + An unfunded Trust fails to take advantage of one of the greatest … more

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Your Estate Planning Goals

POWER POINTS + Estate planning is about much more than just who will receive your assets after death. + Proper estate planning can reduce the cost, time and likelihood of conflict when your assets are to be transferred to your … more

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Robin Williams Understood the Importance of Estate Planning

POWER POINTS + Your estate plan can remain private and avoid court involvement when drafted and maintained properly. + Have an ongoing relationship with your advisor; a proper estate plan is not something you should stick in the closet and … more

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The Costs of Procrastinating on Your Estate Planning

POWER POINTS: Estate planning encompasses more than just taxes and asset distribution. Failing to make your wishes known through legal documents increases the likelihood of unnecessary family conflict, costs and delays. Having a proper estate plan ensures efficient estate administration. … more

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Paul Walker: $45 Million Estate, No Estate Planning?

Paul Walker, star of the popular The Fast and The Furious film series, died on November 30th at the young age of 40 in a high-speed car accident.  Walker was never married but was reportedly living with his girlfriend of … more

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The Estate of “Tony Soprano”

James Gandolfini, the actor who played “Tony Soprano” on the acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos, passed away suddenly at the age of 51 in Rome, Italy on June 19, 2013.  Gandolfini left behind a wife, two minor children and an … more

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