Tag Archives: Estate Planning

Everyone has a Default Estate Plan

It is amazing how many people believe that when someone dies without a Last Will and Testament the surviving family (and mistresses) are paraded in front of a judge and possibly even a jury to argue who the decedent loved more.  I hate to burst the bubble of anyone who loves “legal” TV shows but

Ownership of Life Insurance may be Important

Since we all know the main purpose of life insurance is to provide for those when you aren’t around the conversation often focuses on the beneficiary and almost no time is spent discussing the owner.  I think this is a huge shortcoming of both the legal world and the financial world because usually one side thinks

What Does the Facebook IPO and the Twitter IPO Have in Common?

There is article after article discussing how the facebook IPO will be different than the Twitter IPO, but I came across an article this weekend from the Wall Street Journal that indirectly indicates how the situation may be similar when it comes to estate tax planning. What does the Twitter and Facebook IPO Have in

An Unusual Way to Create an Amazing Legacy

I came across this amazing and unusual estate plan where the a family created a credit union for heirs only.  Forget having to worry about gifting or tax ramifications of intra-family loans this a legitimate credit union where, according to the CBS’ article, For a $5 deposit, plus a 25-cent handling fee, you become a member

Choosing a Life Insurance Beneficiary

I think that the beneficiary status on a life insurance policy is an often over looked when handling one’s finances and estate planning, however, for many it is the largest asset they leave behind for their heirs and should be handled with care.  As with everything on this site, I am not providing legal or financial