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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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What Is an Executor?

An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased person's estate.

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Write a Will?

You aren't technically required to hire a lawyer to draft a will, but failing to do so could lead to costly problems for your family and other heirs.

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Lack of a Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince's Estate

The famed recording artist Prince died leaving an unknown fortune and possibly no will or estate plan to dictate what to do with that fortune. You don't have to be worth millions to learn a lesson from Prince's apparent mistake. 

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Judge Orders Refund to Estate That Paid Tax Before Madoff Con Was Revealed

When New Jersey resident Theodore Warshaw died in 2006, his estate was valued at more than $1.8 million. Unfortunately, ..

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Will Giving Estate to Mick Jagger Is Reminder of Risks of Disinheriting Relatives

When fashion designer L'Wren Scott committed suicide, she left her entire estate to her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, instead of to her sister or brother.

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