Tag Archives: Estate Planning

Tax Mechanics of Intra-Family Loans

This post was inspired by a post titled, “Lending Money to Family and Friends” on a great blog fivecentnickel.   What are the Tax Mechanics of an Intra-Family Loan? Let me say this first: This is not a post about whether one should make loans between family members or friends, as such you may find itContinue Reading

Verify your Retirement Account’s Beneficiary

The Supreme Court Has Spoken – Verify the beneficiary on your Retirement Account In a recent case the United States Supreme Court has made it clear, YOU BETTER KNOW WHO IS THE BENEFICIARY ON YOUR RETIREMENT ACCOUNT!  The case dated Jan 26, 2009, titled, Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment was decided by the Court unanimouslyContinue Reading

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Get a Will ASAP

I found out that my dad is having major surgery in a couple weeks, so I had to ask…”Did he have a will, and would he like his son, who works with wills everyday, to make sure it follows his testamentary intent and is tax efficient?”  Well, I was shocked when he told me, he didn’tContinue Reading

Audit Worries – Your Surviving Family may be in for a Suprise

I was reading my fav. magazine today, Trusts and Estates and came across an amazing article.  Trusts and Estates Magazine has been around since the early 1900s and is read by most of the Trust and Estates world – it costs $35 an issue, but luckily work picks it up!   The article titled, “The AuditContinue Reading

Who is Going to Take Care of your Pet IF you Die?

Was reading a trade publication today called Trusts and Estates Magazine, I LOVE this magazine – it is a wealth of information written by tax professionals for tax professionals.  Most of the info in there is not approprioate for a personal finance blog…not because it is not interesting, but rather, it is written for thoseContinue Reading

Naming a Trust as Beneficiary of an IRA

As the baby boomers get older, and we continue to hear the oft repeated saying, We are about to experience the greatest transfer of wealth in history One of my planners recently asked my opinion about a situation – his client, a concerned parent, is about to retire and has approximately $2,500,000 in qualified moneyContinue Reading