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The Importance of Succession Planning

Many people think the purpose of estate planning is to make sure your assets and belongings will go to the people and organizations you want to have them after you die, with as little delay and costs (fees and taxes) as possible. And that is a correct purpose. But good estate planning goes beyond this—it plans for someone to take your place (a successor) when you are no longer able to perfor...

April 1, 2014
Retirement Planning

Hold a Family Meeting to Explain Your Estate Plan

Parents are often reluctant to share their estate plans with their adult children. Some may feel it is a private matter, only to be unveiled after their death. Many are afraid of creating relationship problems within the family, for example if one child is chosen to be a trustee or executor over the others or if inheritances are not equal. But explaining your decisions now to your family, in a gen...

March 27, 2014
Estate Planning

Organize Your Information

Many people put off having the proper documents and organizing their information because they don’t want to think about their own death. But much of this same information will be needed if you become ill or injured and spend time in a hospital and rehabilitation. Here is a general checklist of documents and information that should be updated and organized. You will surely think of more as y...

March 25, 2014
Estate Planning

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New Estate Tax Rules Call for New Planning Tactics

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Financial Planning

What the “Fiscal Cliff” Resolution Means for Personal Estate Planning

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Estate Tax Law: The Meaning for Annuities

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Congress Urged To Create Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

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