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Your Family Deserves More Than an Estate Plan

If you want to leave a true legacy, a traditional estate plan is not enough. With Legacy Planning, you can pass on your values, wisdom, and family heritage along with your nest egg. You can also provide your children's inheritances with just the right amount of protection from the threats and challenges of life.

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Selecting an Estate Planning Attorney - Wisely

Your estate plan determines who will be entitled to your assets, how they can use them, and the protections which they and the assets you leave them may have from creditors, divorcing spouses, etc. This article discusses the importance of finding the right attorney to assist you in creating that plan and the downside to using an attorney who is not experienced in estate planning, even if they are a friend.

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Preparing for the Unthinkable

This article recites statistics regarding unexpected tragedies in the United States including heart attack, stroke, and auto accidents. It calls on the reader to establish a Legacy Wealth Plan to be prepared.

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What's Important in Your Life?

This article looks at what's important in life: family, friends, and values. The article looks at tragedies in our lives and how we always come back to what's important in life. The article then transitions to a discussion of Legacy Planning. The article discusses the Family Wealth Trust, the Family Access Trust, and how they may be used as part of Legacy Planning to protect the children after you are gone.

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Gifting to Children

This article examines gifting strategies for transfers in trust to minors. Specifically, it looks at Crummey trusts and 2503(c) trusts and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Help for Our Armed Forces

he article examines the taxation of combat pay. Specifically, combat pay is tax-free. Also, it looks at new legislation that allows combat pay, otherwise not in income, to be considered as income for IRA eligibility.

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Waiting to Roth: Hidden Loophole for High-income Earners

The article explains a few different types of retirement plans and then looks at a loophole for high-income earners to make contributions to a non-deductible IRA now and then convert it to a Roth IRA in 2010, when income limits for such conversion are lifted.

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The Choice Is Yours: Don't Lose Your Chance to Make It

The article examines two cases: Terri Schiavo and Sarah Scantlin. Neither expressed their end of life decisions. Terri had her feeding tube removed after 15 years. Sarah awoke from her coma after 20 years. The article calls the reader to express their own desires in a Living Will.

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New Flexibilities for Partners, Children, and Others

The article examines the new "non-spousal rollover" provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

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A New Way to Give

This article examines new opportunities for charitable giving directly from an IRA.

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Keep Your Cake - And Eat It, Too!

This article examines the Medicaid Income Only Trust. It gives an example of two women who are roomates in a facility: One who contributed to a trust and one who did not.

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Do You Want Your Spouse to Lose Your Biggest Asset?

The article examines how beneficiary designations must be coordinated in order to have an effective estate plan. It looks at the story of a woman who forgot to change her beneficiary designations. As a result her husband of 20 years did not get her retirement plan proceeds.

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Celebrity Estate Planning

The article examines interesting provisions of the wills of many famous people. It explains how this information is public and that if you use a trust you can keep your affairs private.

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Planning With Retirement Assets

The article looks at retirement planning and looks at a few strategies such as ROTH conversion, paying the tax, giving to charity, etc.

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Estate Planning: No Tattoo Necessary!

The article looks at how to make sure your final wishes are accomplished. It looks at the case of a woman who tatooed "do not resuscitate" across her chest. It deals primarily with health care powers / living wills, but also touches on trusts.

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How Do Millionaires Do It?

The article examines the five different types of millionaires and what makes them tick. It asserts that planning is at the core for all of them and that estate planning is necessary to avoid problems down the road.

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Could Deficit Reduction Take Your Life Savings?

This article discusses how long-term care costs can be a major financial drain. It looks at how the changes in Medicaid law could make it much more difficult to plan. It stresses the need for pre-planning. It briefly looks at Income Only trusts as a potential planning option.

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Preparing for Health Needs

The article looks at the financial and legal ways to plan for illness. As part of the financial portion, the article examines the use of Health Savings Accounts. As part of the legal portion, it examines the use of health care powers of attorney and health care directives.

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Planning: Just Do It!

This article looks at what happens if no planning is done. It looks at the problems of probate if no trust is done and of intestacy if no will is done.

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Protecting Your Assets

This provides an overview of asset protection strategies.

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10 Tips in Planning for Taxes

The article examines several strategies for minimizing income taxation, through timing of expenses and income, etc. It includes items to consider at year-end.

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Preserve Your Wealth with Medicare Part D

The article provides a basic overview of Medicare Part D and why it is important from an estate planning perspective.

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Insurance: A Major Estate Planning Tool

he article looks at various types of insurance from life insurance to homeowner's insurance. It explains how minimizing risk is part of estate planning.

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When Disaster Strikes

This article examines how tragedies can strike in any of our lives but how planning can lessen the impact. Estate planning can let you rest easier and make sure others have the legal right to help you when you need it.

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