Basic Strategies

These are descriptions and discussions of foundational tools and ancillary documents that should be part of most estate plans.

14 Advanced Ways to Transfer a Personal Residence to Your Heirs

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Yesterday’s post covered 13 options for homeowners wanting to transfer their personal residence (“PR”) within their circle of family or friends after death.  Today, we continue the discussion by presenting 14 additional options more appropriate for families that are anticipating an estate or gift tax liability in the future.  Read more...

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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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5 Options for Individual Beneficiaries of an Inherited IRA

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In this post, we discuss what specifically happens when an IRA account holder dies.  What choices does the individual beneficiary have? Here, we’ll start with the individual (i.e. human being) beneficiary’s options for distributing Traditional or Roth IRAs (other types of IRAs, such as SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, and Self-directed IRAs, are beyond the scope…

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One State’s Brochure Against Living Trusts: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

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A colleague recently sent me a link to this pamphlet,  “Living Trusts:  Get the Facts!” from the Estates and Trusts Section of the Maryland State Bar and the Register of Wills Association of Maryland, circa 2004.  I did not even have to click on the link, because I was already well acquainted with it.  Read…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 4 to September 10, 2011)

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So I just saw “Contagion”, the movie released last week about the effects of a global pandemic.  While it certainly had a “could this really happen” feel to it, it also produced skeptical “who is going to profit from scaring the public due to the depicted realism” thoughts as well.  Read more...

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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 28 to September 3, 2011)

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Now that all the earthquakes, hurricanes, and back-to-school preparations appear to be out of the way, we can get back to some good ol’ estate planning reading! Much of last week’s best works seem to have come from traditional media resources.  Take a look: Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 21 to August 27, 2011)

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One thing I enjoy about most of the top estate planning blogs is that they go to the trouble of citing others’ fine work.  In this week’s top 10 posts and articles, you will find several examples of this praiseworthy practice. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Be Mindful of…

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What’s Missing From This Trust? Not Knowing Could Cost You Thousands

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There are plenty of articles, books, blog posts, etc. that explain the benefits of hiring a lawyer to do your estate plan, rather than doing it yourself.  Similar articles, books, blog posts, and et ceteras also recommend that you hire a lawyer instead of using an online company. On the other hand, fewer resources explain…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 14 to August 20, 2011)

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There were many excellent blog posts last week.  Some of the topics you see linked and discussed below may contain some unfamiliar topics, but all provide excellent introductions to the given subject. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week To Stretch and Protect: The Goal of a Retirement Trust, David E.…

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Last Week in Estate Planning (August 7 to August 13, 2011)

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Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week James Brown Estate Mess Compromises His Final Wishes, Danielle Mayoras, Esq. & Andrew Mayoras, Esq., The Probate Lawyer Blog:  Famous Fortune Fights!  Read more... Even though James Brown left his $100 million estate to a special trust for needy children, his estate is still…

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