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Estate Planning Articles

Why Plan Your Estate?

The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living beings. 

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Make Sure Your Life Insurance Is Not Taxed at Your Death

Although your life insurance policy may pass to your heirs income tax-free, it can affect your estate tax...

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Credit Shelter Trusts

Credit shelter trusts are a way to take full advantage of state and federal estate tax exemptions.Although such trusts may appear needless unless you are a multi-millionaire, there are still reasons to create them.

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Estate Taxation

Not all estates will be taxed. The so-called “fiscal cliff” deal that Congress enacted in January 2013 sets the amount that an individual can transfer tax-free either during life or at death.

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Five Topics to Discuss With Your Spouse Before You Retire

You may have a vision for your retirement, but does your spouse share that vision?

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Guardianship and Conservatorship

Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise.

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Estate Administration

Estate administration is the process of managing and distributing a person’s property (the “estate”) after death.

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The Durable Power of Attorney

For most people, the durable power of attorney is the most important estate planning instrument available -- even more useful than a will. 

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