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These posts include topics related to estate planning, such as financial planning, planning for others, and scenarios that have occurred in estates of the rich and famous.

2012 Changes in Virginia Trust Law (Part 1): Asset Protection Trusts

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Virginia recently passed several bills that will revise state trust law on July 1, 2012.  In this post and the following post, I will attempt to briefly describe these changes in the law, define key terms and discuss the effects of each.  Some of these rules are already in place in other states, but the…

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20 Annoying Things About Being an Estate Planning Attorney

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No, for the most part, we don’t starve.  These may also have a “First World Problems” vibe as well.  But as you read the following list, maybe, just maybe, you’ll laugh and perhaps shed a tear too: 1.  The Binding Struggle Pictured to the right.  Choices include 3-ring binders, staples, wire, coil, comb-binding, velo-binding, spiral…

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Lending Money to Family – Don’t Forget About “Imputed Income”

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Let’s say you want to lend a significant amount of money to your child, another family member or even a friend.  To further help, you decide that you want to make the loan without interest (or at a below-market rate).  Bully for you – you should be commended for your support and assistance to your…

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ALERT: Gift Tax Exemptions Could Be Significantly Lowered By Next Week

The Deficit Reduction Super Committee Holds Meeting For Opening Statements

There is an increasing buzz in the estate planning community regarding the decisions the Super Committee must make by next Wednesday, November 23. As we have discussed previously, the Super Committee is made of six Democrats and six Republicans evenly split from the U.S. House and Senate.  Their task is to come up with a…

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Last Month in Estate Planning (October 2011)

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The following is a summary of popular topics discussed in estate planning blogs and articles last month. Federal Estate and Gift Tax Updates The IRS announced that for 2012, the federal estate tax exclusion will increase to $5,120,000 (it was $5 million in 2011).  As Julie Garber of about.com notes, this means that the lifetime…

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20 Reasons Estate Planning Lawyers Are Not Professional Athletes

20 Reasons Estate Planning Lawyers Are Not Professional Athletes

Former Philadelphia Phillie John Kruk once said to a fan, “Lady, I’m not an athlete.  I’m a professional baseball player.”  Well, if you ever run into that same lady, you can also tell her these 20 reasons why estate lawyers can almost claim the same thing:  Read more... Desks don’t fit well on the field…

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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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Last Week in Estate Planning (September 18 to September 24, 2011)

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This past week, there were several posts and articles that provided helpful information in terms of estate administration and the nuts and bolts regarding the transfer of decedent’s property to their rightful heirs. Top Posts and Articles of the Week Post of the Week Estate Auctions Aren’t Just for the Rich and Famous, Julie Garber,…

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5 Estate Planning Lullabies

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Need to get your kids to sleep?  Need to get yourself to sleep?  Try singing these, and your home will be certain to get a quick visit from the Sandman. Mary Had an Estate Plan (to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) Mary Had an Estate Plan, Estate Plan, Estate Plan, Mary Had…

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