Life Insurance

Interview: Young Adult With Digital Assets But No Will

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It has been said that young adults without significant assets do not need a will.  In response, I present an interview with my friend “F”. F is in her mid-20s.  She has full-time employment and also runs a side photography business.  She is single and childless, but she has a serious boyfriend.  Her divorced parents…

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Follow-Up Answers to “Revocable Living Trusts in a Nutshell” Webinar

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Online Presentation This past Monday, I gave a 90-minute webinar entitled “Revocable Living Trusts in a Nutshell”.  It was sponsored by the good folks at the National Business Institute (“NBI”) and simulcast by West Legal Ed Center.  The course was geared toward a national audience and is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit in…

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What is the Federal Estate Tax? Examples Using 2012 Rates

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Everyone Has an Estate For purposes of understanding the federal estate tax, we must first examine the definition of “estate” provided by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. “Estate” Includes Property Owned at Death Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, every person has an “estate”, whether it’s worth $1 or $100 billion. An individual’s…

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13 Effective Ways to Transfer a Personal Residence to Your Heirs

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Whether or not you own your personal residence with a spouse, there always exists the potential that a non-spousal heir could end up with it.  Because we really don’t know what the future holds, it is important to decide what should happen if something happens.  Read more...

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Interview: Middle-Aged Person Without an Estate Plan

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Let me open by quickly sharing a favorite joke:  “What’s the difference between ignorance and indifference? I don’t know and I don’t care.” If you have thus far avoided creating an estate plan, ignorance and indifference may be two big reasons why.  Read more...

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Last Week in Estate Planning (July 17 to July 23, 2011)

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One of my favorite passages in literature comes from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII, by poet John Donne, written in 1624:  Read more...

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Don’t Have $5 Million? 50 Reasons to Get an Estate Plan Anyway

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“Estate Planning” is somewhat of a misnomer.  For example, let’s check out The Free Dictionary’s definition of “estate”. You’ll find that the majority of the 8 provided definitions associate the term either with land or with some kind wealth, social position, or political power.  Read more...

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Estate Planning Post of the Week (May 27 to June 2, 2011)

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Introduction (or Why Do We Need an “Estate Planning Post of the Week”?) I have always found it interesting that when it comes to death planning, significantly more people view life insurance as a higher priority than estate planning.  Read more...

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A Funny Thing Happened at the Deli…

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A young couple sits down at the local deli with their baby asleep in the stroller.  It is an unseasonably warm day outside with birds chirping, a light wind blowing and barely a cloud in the sky.  However, the beauty surrounding them escapes the couple because they cannot decide what to do about their finances.…

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An Easier Way to View Life Insurance (Part I)

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If you are considering including estate planning in your financial plans, it is pretty much imperative that you look into life insurance.  As the main purpose of life insurance is the protection of your family after you pass away, it is an obvious tool recommended by attorneys, financial planners, life insurance agents, financial reporters and…

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