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Incentive Trusts: Ensuring That an Inheritance Will Be Well Spent

Some parents, fearful of how a large inheritance will affect their heirs, set up what are known as “incentive trusts” that ensure that the trust funds support positive behavior and discourage unproductive activities. 

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The 101 Biggest Estate Planning Mistakes

Learning what not to do can be just as instructive as learning what to do.

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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 be...

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Back to Black: Amy Winehouse Didn't Have a Will After All

Following the death of singer Amy Winehouse from alcohol poisoning last July, the British paper the Daily Mail reported ... 

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Who Can Serve as Executor?

One important reason to have a will is to be able to name your executor (also called a personal representative)...

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Demise of Estate Tax Could Have Serious Consequences for Spouses

The estate tax expired on January 1, 2010.It remains to be seen whether Congress will reinstate it before it returns in 2011...

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Online Services Offer Estate Planning for Digital Assets

A small online industry has sprung up to help people pass on the digital keys to their online lives ...

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Social Security Benefits to Edge Up 1.7 Percent in 2013

The nation's elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2013 ... 

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