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So, You've Been Appointed Trustee of a Trust? Here Are 9 Do's and 1 Don't

Whether it's an honor or a burden (or both), you have been appointed trustee of a trust.

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Five Planning Pointers for Parents with Disabled Children

A parent is irreplaceable, but someone will have to fill in if the worst happens.

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Gifts to Grandchildren

Gifting assets to your grandchildren can do more than help your descendants get a good start in life; it can also reduce the size of your estate and the tax that will be due upon your death.

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What Is a Trustee?

A trustee is the person or institution appointed to manage a trust.

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Next Steps: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Best Half of Your Life

The authors of a nationally syndicated newspaper column on elder law have written a book based on decades of experience helping people both on the page and in the elder law office.

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How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicai...

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The Ethical Will: Making Room for Your Voice

In medieval times, Jewish men wrote letters to their sons, passing on guidelines for living a worthy life.

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Even Annual Exclusion Gifts Are Counted by Medicaid

Many people believe that if they give away an amount equal to the annual gift tax exclusion -- which is currently $14,000 to any one individual -- this gift will be exempted from Medicaid's five-year look-back at transfers that could trigger a waiting period for benefits.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

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