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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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Trusts

A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a "trustee," holds legal title to property for another person, called a "beneficiary." 

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New Guides Help Those Appointed to Manage Someone Else's Money

Have you been officially asked to manage someone else's money?

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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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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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Do You Pay Capital Gains Taxes on Property You Inherit?

When you inherit property, such as a house or stocks, the property is usually worth more than it was when the original owner purchased it.

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Estate Planning in the Age of Stepfamilies

A recent trust case from North Dakota highlights the importance of taking current and potential step-relationships into account when planning your estate.

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