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Beware: Your Estate May Contain an Unnecessary Bypass Trust

A once-popular estate planning tool may now cost families more in taxes than it saves.

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Marketing of Reverse Mortgages Lacks Adequate Consumer Protections, GAO Warns

A new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raises concerns about the adequacy of consumer protections ...

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Who Will Inherit Whitney Houston's Fortune Following Bobbi Kristina's Death -- and What Are the Lessons?

Now that the late Whitney Houston's only child, Bobbi Kristina, has herself died, what will happen to the estimated $20 million estate she was to inherit?  

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Was James Gandolfini's Will a Mistake?

At least one commentator has characterized James Gandolfini's will as a tax "disaster."But is it?

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Obama Signs Tax-Cut Bill Setting Estate Tax Exemption at $5 Million for Two Years

Legislation setting a 35 percent estate tax rate with a $5 million exemption is now law -- at least for two years ...

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Estate Taxes: What's a Taxpayer to Do?

After almost a decade of changes in the federal estate tax code, clarity appears to be on the horizon ...

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Reverse Mortgages Are Causing Some Homeowners to Lose Their Homes

A reverse mortgage can be a great tool in the right circumstances, but if you aren't careful you could end up losing your home...

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Whitney Houston's Estate Plan Illustrates Use of Testamentary Trust

Whitney Houston's tragic death provides an example of how a trust that takes effect upon death can work ... 

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