Tag Archives: Estate Planning

When’s the Last time You Reviewed your Beneficiaries?

It isn’t often discussed, but estate planning (or lack of estate planning) isn’t the only way assets pass to heirs.  A very common way an heir receives assets is pursuant to a beneficiary election or payable upon death contract.  Passing assets via a beneficiary status is not limited to just qualified retirement accounts and life…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

Are You in a Second Marriage? Then You Should Have a Sound Estate Plan

I have had a conversation twice in the same amount of weeks with people in my life about estate planning disasters waiting to happen due to a second marriage.  Neither situation was formed from an initial ill will but both will end very bad and probably not how the testator wanted. Two Examples of How a…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading