Estate planning goes beyond estate taxes and to the heart of protecting what's most important to you; your family's legacy, their goals and dreams.
You've heard of the words "trust" or "will" and probably wondered what they are, and which would fit your situation. Keep reading for some helpful information. A trust is a contract between the owner of assets (the trustor) and the receiver of those assets (the trustee) to hold and administer those assets on behalf… Continue reading Trust or Will?
When a business owner thinks about retirement, he typically settles on one of two plans- sell the business or gift to his children. The choice between the two are usually very personal and will coincide with the goals of the business owner. For each option, there are different considerations, and necessitates the implementation of a… Continue reading Retirement- Things to Consider Beyond Savings
More times than I care to count, I hear this statement from people; “I don’t have anything so I don’t need to do any estate planning right now.” This is a major misconception about estate planning and it permeates not only through the young community but also with seniors as well. Below, I will outline… Continue reading Why Plan Your Estate?
Estate Planning & the Fiscal Cliff: What to expect if Congress and the White House do not reach a compromise. If you have been avidly following the fiscal cliff conversation between Congress and the White House, you will have realized that it is quite probable, even possible, that there will be no action taken to… Continue reading Estate Planning & the Fiscal Cliff: What to expect if Congress and the White House do not reach a compromise.
I just wrapped up my first trust administration and from this experience, this blog entry was born. Based on the questions asked by my client, I realized that many individuals out there are sorely uneducated about this process. Below is a brief explanation of this process.One of the primary misconceptions that I have encountered is… Continue reading Debunking the “Trust Administration Myth”
As of yesterday, August 15th, 2012, approximately two million illegal immigrants were given the opportunity to apply for the "deferred action program". A two year temporary reprieve, this program will allow individuals to remain in the United States without fear of deportation. Additionally, by showing an economic necessity, these illegal immigrants can be granted temporary… Continue reading The Deferred Action Program- Temporary Reprieve for millions of “childhood arrivals”
Estate plan aren't created to be current throughout your lifetime. When drafted, they are based on the current climate of the estate tax laws and your own circumstances, with some flexibility built in. The changing legislative, economic and social times can have more of an effect on your existing estate plan than you think. This is why, if… Continue reading Dusting the cobwebs on that “old” estate plan
Last week, I spoke with a prospective client (PC) who recently started giving her future and mortality a lot of thought. Her job required her to be around people who were victims of terrible tragedies. In response to whether she had her affairs in order, she mentioned that her wishes were written on a napkin. My… Continue reading “Napkin Wills”
To commerate the month of May and most importantly, Mother's Day, the Law Office of Jan Alcide published its first newsletter. This series of quarterly newsletters will introduce various topics of interest in Estate Planning. If you have any suggestions of particular topics, post your comments below. Enjoy! And for all you mothers out there. Happy Mother's Day. newsletter