How to Make a Charitable Bequest with an IRA

You can donate retirement accounts, such as an IRA, by distributing the proceeds to charity. However, the tax benefits for donating this way are minimal. A tax-efficient donation strategy is to contribute your retirement fund directly to a charitable organization as part of your estate plan. Options for Donating an IRA The two primary options […]

Service Dogs: A Lifeline for Families with Disabled Children

Service dogs are specially trained to provide assistance to children with disabilities. They can be taught to support kids in a variety of unique ways that help with daily living and even help in an emergency situation. For families with disabled children, service dogs can be a lifeline. The Various Ways Service Dogs Can Help […]

Finding the Off Ramp for Your Business Ownership

Business plans often address marketing, growth, and product development issues. However, business owners fail to create an exit strategy, succession plan, or acquisition plan. Although you may not ready to sell your business or retire now, preparing for the future of your business is crucial. You should decide who to leave your business to when […]

Estate Planning Checklist for January

If you’ve already met with an estate planning attorney to put together your wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other long-term plans, then congratulations! You’ve taken a really important step toward being prepared for the future and making things easier on your family and friends should you pass away or become unable to make decisions […]

How to Help Seniors Find Joy During the Holidays

The holiday season is joyous for many. However, it can be overwhelming if you care for an older adult. People in their senior years often feel isolated from the outside world if they can’t participate in certain festivities. Maybe they used to be active and loved playing with their kids and grandkids but no longer […]

The Elements of a Valid Trust

When creating a trust, it is important to understand the specific roles involved. The grantor is the person who establishes a trust. The designated beneficiary is the person who receives the assets held in trust when the grantor dies. Probate is unnecessary because trust property passes outside the Last Will and Testament or Intestacy law. […]

 What Is Portability in an Estate Plan?

Federal estate tax law includes a provision called portability. This provision only applies to married couples. It allows the surviving spouse to use any part of their deceased spouse’s unused estate and gift tax exemption. Including portability in an estate plan protects the surviving spouse from significant estate tax bills if the deceased spouse’s estate […]

TOD Beneficiary: What You Should Know

Your named beneficiaries will likely have to go through probate to receive your real property after your death if it is only in your name and not held in trust. Although transferring property into trust can ensure your family does not have to wait for a judge to validate your will before distributing your assets, […]

Why Estate Planning is the Best Holiday Gift You Can Give

This holiday season, give your family the gift of peace of mind by getting your estate planning in order. No one likes to think about their own mortality, but it’s important to have a plan in place that deals with illness, incapacity, and death. If you’re gathering with your family for the holidays, take advantage […]