Tag Archives: Estate Planning

Unequal Distribution to Heirs

I was working on an interesting estate planning case today and I thought I would get people’s opinion on the subject.  At the end of the day this client wants to leave his assets in an unequal distribution schedule to his three children wherein one of the children will receive the lion’s share of the… Continue Reading

Make Sure Your IRA Beneficiary Is Correct

A few years ago the United States Supreme Court ruled in Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment that 401(k) proceeds would go to the decedent’s ex-wife (divorce occurred in the 70’s) instead of the new wife (marriage was in tact for more than a decade) because that is what the account beneficiary… Continue Reading

Business Succession Planning Should be a Priority for Business Owners and Professionals

Business Succession Planning Should be a Priority for Business Owners and Professionals

There is one aspect of running a business that most business owners often overlook; succession planning.  I am often reminded of the vary scary scary fact that, Approximately 90 percent of U.S. businesses are family firms, ranging in size from small “mom-n-pop” businesses to the likes of Walmart, Ford, Mars and Marriott. Family businesses are… Continue Reading

What is Portability in Estate Planning?

What is Portability in Estate Planning?

There were a lot of tax law changes (as well as a lot of things that were kept the exact same) when President Obama signed into law the Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation of Act of 2011, but there was one change that simply put, shocked me.  It was the brand new idea that… Continue Reading